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View of “Kristine Woods,” 2019. Background, from left: Felt Around Federal Standard 33538, 2019; of or related to (gramma), 2019. Foreground: Simile, 2019.

View of “Kristine Woods,” 2019. Background, from left: Felt Around Federal Standard 33538, 2019; of or related to (gramma), 2019. Foreground: Simile, 2019.

Kristine Woods

Geary

Weaving tends to be a stationary affair. Looms are cumbersome, and the process of threading the weft over and under the warp is tedious. However, the woven sculptures in Kristine Woods’s exuberant show at Geary, “Sparkling or Still,” offered up movement and contingency. Strings dangled, edges frayed, and threads of varying thicknesses were bound together in a tumble of colors that often appeared ready to unravel. Textiles bulged and sagged. Though the works ranged from modest lanate reliefs to a massive installation of felt, they all seemed to have been produced on the move and in haste.

The thirteen-foot-long tapestry Vagrancies Rules, 2018–19, possessed a sense of urgency: Hung at eye level, it was delicately draped over an aluminum rod and counterbalanced by felt-covered rocks. Its presentation alluded to the warp-weighted loom, an early weaving tool that kept the thread taut with stones.

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