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“Thread”

Cristinerose Gallery

Group shows that bring together artists working with the same materials are prone to homogenize their contents: in a room full of works made out of lead, everything, including the ideas that gave rise to the art, appears leaden. But “Thread,” aerated by Tom Moody and the gallery’s proprietor, Mariacristina Parravacini, manages to avoid this pitfall, in part by presenting the material in such a diversity of forms, and with an intellectual premise that makes the selection of works more than a self—evident process of finding fiber in art.

In Brigitte Nahon’s installation, Icholi Hauperyre L (10), (21) c, 1997, sewing threads arc stretched taut across a corner and flayed of their outer fabric, leaving trails of black fuzz suspended on disembodied lines. Nearby on the floor, Jim Isermann’s untitled sculpture of 1997, a great turd-shaped mass of multicolored cotton hand-braided like the rug

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