|Linnea Glatt, Double Circles, stitchery on mulberry paper w/ thread|
Linnea Glatt, creating from 1971-2011
- Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, TX
- Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
- Frito Lay Collection, Dallas, TX
- American Airlines Admirals Club, Dallas, TX
- Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Words to describe Linnea Glatts work:
- Curvilinear Forms
- Use of
- Contemporary Minimalist
- Work on
Linnea Glatt uses thread as an extension of mind. Drawing with thread utilizing a sewing machines on various materials such as paper and fabric, she creates balanced, unique and elegant compositions. With a background in sculpture, occasionally still drawing in pencil, thread is her main medium of choice. Her work is known as minimalist but that's not to underestimate the impact of her work.
"The work in this exhibition at Barry Whistler Gallery
Linnea Glatt is methodical, precise and quietly moving. While the works are
often visually minimal, using only black and white, circles, lines and dots,
they have a presence based on the accretion of their labor.
Labor used to be a word that could be tied to abstraction.
It was in the early twentieth century when abstraction was invented that the
very notion of the artist/worker also rose to prominence. This came to a head
with Abstract Expressionist artists who treated the studio as a workshop,
and diligently embracing the status of the
proletariat. In the 1970s feminist
expanded the notion of labor to encompass domestic work.
Today, with Takashi Murakami
, Demian Hirst or Jeff Koons as examples of
artists functioning more like venture capitalists, those days seem long gone.
But even the reference to a piece of art as a “work” harkens back to the days
when labor was part of a belief system.
Made with a sewing machine and thread on mulberry paper,
many of these “works” use the grid as a starting point. But like Agnes
, the grid allows a structure for indeterminacy to chart its
meandering path around a clear trajectory. As a result, analog machinery and
the hand collaborate to make something that is deeply felt.
Glatt uses seriality in a way that suggests time with
progressive iterations of a visual trope. For instance, one series of drawings
involves two circles. In each one the circles come closer and closer until they
overlap, pass through one another and switch places, suggesting anything from a
lunar eclipse to a Venn diagram
. This was a common strategy for Minimalist
artists and like Sol
, the circle becomes a site for endless exploration."
Design and create with paper made from the bark of the
Mulberry tree. Mulberry paper, also known as Kozo paper, provides a luxurious
foundation for many art, craft and design projects. The paper feathers
beautifully when hand torn. Because mulberry paper has a neutral pH, it makes a
wonderful art paper for long-lasting projects. The uses are almost endless:
collage, painting, scrapbooking, note cards, lamp shades, wedding invitations,
fish rubbings and many, many more. Mulberry paper is made in many different
Unryu Paper: Lightweight, translucent and
showing embedded threads of bark.
Kozo Paper: Heavyweight and highly
Printable Paper: Smooth, text weight and
Marbled Momi Paper: Hand-marbled in exotic
colors and texture.
Mulberry Paper Rolls: Large dimension
mulberry paper sold on rolls for large projects.
Operating the Machine:
: Developing the technique to sew (an aggressive
technique) on extremely delicate materials
So I was curious about what the experience would be to use a sewing machine on paper. Unpleasant, difficult, and absolutely necessary to have the appropriate balance of thickness of material to stitch size.
: Technique of using machine to draw
Drawing is one of the many tasks that may come naturally to some but still requires massive quantities of practice and discipline. Using your hand as the driving mechanism to control the medium is traditionally how most art is composted. But imagine trusting that mobility to a machine that is no longer directly controlled by your thoughts but you have now added an extra step to the process.
Idea -> Hand -> Pencil -> Paper
You know have:
Idea -> Hand -> Machine -> Medium ->Paper
Machines can sometimes take life of its own BUT machines can also become an extension of ones body with enough time. It is apparent in Linnea Glatt's work that this is this case, her lines are effortless and fluid. To achieve such quality comes with practice and dedication.
: Minimalism: basic shapes of spheres and cubes;
is a minimalistic composition. It is balanced and symmestrical in forms. Minimalism a trend in sculpture and painting that arose in the 1950s and used simple, typically massive, forms. Minimalism in visual art, generally referred to as "minimal art", "literalist art" and "ABC Art" emerged in New York in the early 1960s as new and older artists moved toward geometric abstraction