Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft at the Victoria and Albert
One of the highlights of my London trip was this exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum. If you live in London or happen to be going there, you must go see this! Out of the Ordinary features fine artists using traditional craft materials and techniques in their work.
Below are two of my favorite artists from the exhibit:
On first glance, Susan Collis' work may not seem like it belongs but if you look closely, her art reveals some truly amazing craft. The paint-spatters on the smock to the left are painstakingly embroidered while paint drops on the wooden stepladder are actually inlaid mother of pearl, diamonds and opals.
Chicago based artist Anne Wilson works with lace, hair, pins and thread. Her installation Topologies is a long board featuring different manipulations of these materials.
If you look at the installation as a whole, this work resembles a topographical map while up close, little clumps and clusters of lace, pins and thread resemble bacteria or micro-organisms. It is completely mesmerizing. As if this work isn't amazing enough on it's own, Wilson made a video accompanying this piece called Errant Behaviours, in which these materials come to life with animation.
Out of the Ordinary will be open until February 18th. If you can't make it, the exhibition book is also available for sale on their website.