Local Industry Cloth (2010)
Walking the Warp, Manchester (2012)
Wind-Up: Walking the Warp, Houston (2010)
Wind-Up: Walking the Warp, Chicago (2008)
Log of Sources: Woven Stripes and Bands (2010)
Anne Wilson (b. 1949) is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings and performances. Her artwork embraces conceptual strategies and handwork using everyday materials — table linen, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread, glass, and wire. Her work has been shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
A comment on the absence of textile production in NW England now…the action itself becomes both a textile and a soft machine.
For the Whitworth exhibition, Wilson conceived a new movement performance based on the warping actions required to produce a woven cloth. A comment on the absence of textile production in NW England now, Walking the Warp Manchester involves accumulations of repetitive movements where, metaphorically, the action itself becomes both a textile and a soft machine. The performers are young dancers from the Centre for Advanced Training at the Lowry in Salford, supported by professional dance lead Bridget Fiske. Students from Manchester Metropolitan University have undertaken costume colour development, and sound artist and sculptor Shawn Decker is the composer.
Also included in the Whitworth exhibition is Local Industry Cloth, collectively produced by Wilson and 78 other experienced weavers. Utilizing donated fibre from U.S. mills, this cloth was woven within Wilson’s 2010 exhibition Wind/Rewind/Weave at the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee. Located in the heartland of both hand weaving traditions and industrial textile production in the U.S. Southeast, this project acknowledges the current crisis of production as mills face closure.
The exhibition also includes a selection of 1st millennium Egyptian cloth fragments that Wilson curated from the Whitworth’s extensive collection of world textiles, which frames her new projects within an historical continuum.
Don’t miss the performance event Walking the Warp, Manchester devised by Anne Wilson at the Whitworth Art gallery on Saturday 25th February.
Acknowledgments: The artist; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago.