San Francisco

Claudia Chapline

Humbolt Gallery

The actual found object has been pressed into service again in the work of Claudia Chapline with the difference from the usual collage being that her found object is concealed and utterly changed. An object which might be a shaman’s marvelous wand is revealed to be a garden cultivator woven and wound with woolen yarn, fringed and knotted with magic complexity, or a scythe transformed to a harp. Her work at the Humbolt Gallery looks a bit like a dancer’s props, so it came as no surprise that she was into dance, too.

Knute Stiles