Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia

As part of the recent SAQA conference, a small group visited the Snyderman-Works Gallery in Old Town Philadelphia, where we met the dynamic couple who began the enterprise some fifty years ago. Their specialty is fibre, glass, ceramics and jewellery.

Ruth and Rick Snyderman
Until April 16, Snyderman-Works is staging its tenth biennial textile show. Many of the works on display are by artists who have been represented by the gallery for decades.

Gerhardt Knodel's panels, each 144 x 112, polyester
Knodel's panels were what I noticed immediately on stepping into the space. There were five in all.
Anna Torma, Camouflage 2, 2013, 71 x 35
fabric collage and hand embroidery
Anna Torma of New Brunswick had three pieces mounted on a single wall. Torma won the lieutenant-governor's award for High Achievement in the Visual Arts, 2014.

Wendeanne Ke'aka Stitt, Niho Mano Quilt, 2012, 34 x 34,
Hawaiian Kapa cloth that is hand-dyed, machine-pieced and hand-quilted.
Stitt, a native of Hawaii, is concerned about the vanishing art of Kapa cloth and hopes to preserve and advance this traditional technique.

Hilary Steel, Cloth to Dance to : Freely, 1990, 90 x 45,
warp and weft Ikat, hand weaving, cotton and rayon
Hilary Steel has been represented by the Snyderman-Works for many years. Two of her woven tapestries were on display, the one from 1990 looking every bit as current as the one made this year.

Hilary Steel, Enter, (second textile in the Guardians Series)
2016, 87 x 42, hand-weaving, Shibori dyeing on cotton
A sampling of some other arresting pieces:

John Garrett, Circle Grid #8, 2016, 24 x 24 x 2,
steel wire, paint, rebar ties, wire grid and bed springs
Lia CookIntensity Su Data, 2013, 52 x 39,
woven cotton and rayon

Piper Shepard, Only Their Silhouettes, 2015, 8' x 8',
hand-cut muslin, gesso, graphite and aluminum armature
I'm so glad the organizers put together this opportunity for those attending the SAQA conference, and I would recommend Snyderman-Works to any art lover visiting Philadelphia.

1 comment:

Dianne Robinson said...

I enjoyed seeing the exhibit through your eyes. I would have liked to have seen Anna Torma's work and Knodel's. The bed springs reminded me of the ones we saw at the side of the road at Tervete - I took photographs as they caught my fancy.