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Fiber Legends

past event

February 6, 2015 -
April 25, 2015


Open to the Public

Fiber Legends explored the different ways in which fiber art conveys movement, captures and transmits culture and functions as fine art through the works of Nick Cave, Sheila Hicks and Jon Eric Riis.

Fiber Legends was on display at KANEKO as a part of the collective exhibition, FIBER.

Nick Cave
Nick Cave first gained widespread recognition for his Soundsuits: full-body outfits crafted from discarded objects found in antique shops and flea markets. Part sculpture, part costume, the complex, kaleidoscopically colorful works are often featured in solo and group movement performances. Cave’s work has been exhibited internationally and included in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Museum of Art and Design, and the Smithsonian Institute.

Jon Eric Riis
Jon Eric Riis, from Atlanta, Georgia, is an internationally known contemporary fiber artist and a collector of Asian textiles. Since 1976, Riis has collected and studied Asian Textiles with an emphasis on Chinese textiles, specifically those associated with past emperors, courtiers and officials of the Chinese Court during the Qing dynasty. Riis’ other Asian textile collections are from Japan, Korea, Tibet and Bhutan. Riis has exhibited his handwoven tapestries throughout Europe and Asia and his work can be found in numerous private and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Art Institute of Chicago, the New York Museum of Art and Design, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Museum of Art.

Sheila Hicks
Sheila Hicks is a Nebraska native and world-renowned fiber artist born in Hastings, Nebraska in 1934. As an artist, her influence and achievements are truly international in scope. The extent of Hicks‘ travel and exposure to other cultures is reflected in both the concept and final form of her fiber pieces. Her work ranges from miniatures to architectural commissions to whimsical soft stones, and employ both loom and non-loom techniques. Hicks‘ work is also included in such collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art; The Art Institute of Chicago; Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; and the Museums of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto.

Works in this exhibition are on loan from the Museum of Nebraska Art Collection’s Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Hicks, the collection of Betiana and Todd Simon, Jon Eric Riis and an anonymous partner.

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