Topography of Tension: Frank Connet

September 13, 2014–January 4, 2015

Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor South

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Topography of Tension: Frank Connet

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This recent body of textile and sculptures continues Connet’s twenty year fascination with the process of the dye-resist technique of mokume shibori. Connet's new wall pieces approach a level cartographic exploration, reassembling the compositions into abrupt transitions between pattern and deep indigo fields. Connet's sculptures are motivated by the three-dimensional potential of the tension, density and compression inherent in the shibori process. Copper fabric is stitched and pull into billowing volumes that are then electroplated, accumulating surface deposit and structural rigidity on the exposed edges. The sculptures exploit extremes—translucency and solidity, movement and stasis.


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