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Harmony Hammond

A.I.R. Gallery

Harmony Hammond, also at A.I.R., exhibited a diverse group of work which ranged from woven baskets and sandals (which I mistook for American Indian products at first) to painted collages made of brown paper and shopping bags. Between these extremes of “craft” and “art” were small woven handbags painted and decorated with human hair, pencil drawings of various types of weaves and braids, and several much larger handbags and garments. The last two types, because of their size and number, seem to be the work with which Hammond is presently most involved. The bags hang from their handles on the wall; the garments, or presences as Hammond calls them, are “in the round” on hangers, suspended from the ceiling. Both are made of torn strips of fabric, knotted and sewn to some larger pieces of fabric, all of which is covered and splattered with paint. The colors are dark and earthy: rust, brown,

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