PRINT February 2008


RUTH LASKEY builds her pictures one thread at a time. With a minimum of means—three or four colors of thread she weaves geometric shapes into a ground of half-bleached linen: a chain of blue trapezoids (Twill Series [Ice Blue], 2007); two differently hued triangles that intersect to form a third (Twill Series [Deep Orange/Dark Brown/Purple], 2007); or green diamonds that overlap (Twill Series [Khaki Green/Resin Green], 2006). The works are not so much explorations as contemplations of color and form, and while they allude to Josef Albers’s studies of color interaction, they are too artfully contrived, too singular, to be exercises.

Laskey has only a small body of work; her labor-intensive process—of blending the dyes, then painting the colored threads before weaving the works on a simple loom—precludes any rapid output, to say nothing of rash decisions or expressionist gestures. For her

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