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Dal Henderson and Nance O’Banion

Allrich Gallery

The Allrich Gallery’s two “Introductions” artists have, in fact, both shown extensively in the area. Nance O’Banion is well known for her long involvement in the Bay Area fiber movement. Long before such things were made acceptable in New York by the likes of Rauschenberg and Kelly, many artists here advocated handmade paper and textiles as a resurrection of crafts, a return to the carefully made, unique object. The relative obscurity of the fiber movement has been maintained by its alignment with the label “crafts,” as in the dichotomy “arts and crafts.” Dal Henderson has shown in the big area museums and exhibited in Europe. O’Banion and Henderson are thus not true unknown quantities, but artists with long-standing concerns.

O’Banion uses layers of liquid pulp in successive diagonal grids (instead of a box structure, there is a configuration of diamonds). The grids are constantly on the

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