Published by The Drawing Center.
Text by Joanna Kleinberg Romanow.
Thread Lines departs from the typical assumption that drawing means putting pen to paper, framing it instead as an open-ended act in which lines can be woven, stitched, knit, even embodied. Featuring 16 artists who use textile in a variety of formats (embroidery, weaving, collage, performance), the expressive and conceptual possibilities of line are highlighted, with an emphasis on its making. For some artists the line functions as a direct extension of the body—a performative act or participatory event. Others work in abstraction; still others use the line as a means of addressing gender, personal narrative and politics. Thread Lines includes works by Mónica Bengoa, Louise Bourgeois, Sheila Hicks, Ellen Lesperance, Kimsooja, Beryl Korot, Maria Lai, Sam Moyer, William J. O'Brien, Robert Otto Epstein, Jessica Rankin, Elaine Reichek, Drew Shiflett, Alan Shields, Lenore Tawney and Anne Wilson.