Polly Apfelbaum's A Handweaver's Pattern Book (June 2014)
Textiles by Polly Apfelbaum
A found plastic punch card becomes both the inspiration and foundation of Apfelbaum's 50 ink-on-rayon synthetic velvet panels. Her use of color and pattern "unite the abstract and the serial through meditations on the potential of chaos through a lens of systematic gestures" [source]. The gallery is transformed into a book, with each panel representing separate pages. Fluid panels of isolated and saturated color highlight the spontaneity and imperfection of the handmade. Hanging ceramic beads add a directional dimension, guiding the viewers eye towards a solitary point of punctuation between rows.
Ceramic beads suspended by strings punctuate the space, while the "pages" cover the walls
Stop in, if you happen to be in the area!
A Handweaver's Pattern Book by Polly Apfelbaum @ Clifton Benevento
515 Broadway (between Broome and Spring Streets)
June 27th to August 8th
11AM - 6PM Tuesday through Friday
These remind me of kids' pearler-bead crafts!
50 "pages" total
Which pattern would you wear?
Inside the Clifton Benevento Gallery
Up close--saturation and isolation
Polly Apfelbaum in vintage Lanvin shirtdress (April 2010); photo credit: Kim Piotrowski [source]