readle to the Metal
Exhibition Dates: December 3, 2015 - January 23, 2016
Corvallis-based artist Clay Lohmann brings a selection of his recent quilts to PataPDX in the artist’s first solo exhibition in Portland. A recipient of the prestigious Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2014, Lohmann began shifting his practice from painting to quilting in 2008, producing large-scale works that combine contemporary and traditional elements.
For PataPDX, Lohmann is showing a portion of his monumental work Treadle to the Metal, an ongoing project which has resulted in a quilt of almost incomprehensible size.
Other recent work showcasing Lohmann’s fusion of painting and quilting will also be on display. Please join us as we wrap PataPDX in fabric, in an attempt to ward off the winter chill.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
“I was born in Marfa, Texas in 1950. My father was a cattle agent for the ranch headquartered in Osage County, Oklahoma, where I grew up and attended the reservation school. Everybody was straddling different cultures. I had three pairs of shoes: Converse All-Stars, cowboy boots, and leather moccasins.
One of my grandmothers was a quilter. After decades of a studio practice grounded in painting, in 2008 I started sewing. I attempt to bring intellectual rigor to cloth. If there is a consistent theme, it is anything that would irritate my quilting grandmother. Treadle to the Metal, 2015, above, is an ongoing traditional quilt top, writ large.”
Recent exhibitions include San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles curated by Roderick Kiracofe, the inaugural show of The Textile Arts Center curated by Joetta Maue, Brooklyn, New York, The Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, Oregon, and The Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
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