Art Brussels Weaves a Spell as Galleries Cash in on the Textile and Tapestry Trend
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Art Brussels Weaves a Spell as Galleries Cash in on the Textile and Tapestry Trend

Art Brussels 2019. David Plas Art Brussels 2019. David Plas Now in its 37th edition, the Belgian capital’s annual Art Brussels has firmly established itself as the discovery fair of the contemporary art scene . The fair’s mission of encouraging experimentation and highlighting emerging artists never fails to spotlight unconventional artistic processes and materials. This year, the prevailing trend laid in the resurgent popularity of the textile, leaving evidence of a renewed contemporary interest in tactility and labor. In Knokke-based gallery Patrick De Brock’s booth, a solo show of Ethan Cook’s works speaks to the labor behind a blank canvas. Using stock colors of pre-dyed cotton and a four-harness loom, Cook weaves the cotton into the canvas and then sews it together using rule-based systems of abstraction. Various aspects of the process (weaving, sewing, stretching) can be seen in the finished work, leaving the presence of the artist’s hand in an otherwise standardized industrial process. Subscribe to Observer’s Arts Newsletter When I ask Cook if that’s the point of making these textiles, he tells me it’s just a byproduct of the process. “I’m not necessarily interested in woven structures so much as making a canvas,” he says. “I wanted […]

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