Works From a Cincinnati Collection: Helen Frankenthaler and Her Contemporaries
May 15th - June 28th 2020
Along The Line
January 24th-March 7th 2020
Holland Davidson resides in Cincinnati and has exhibited her work professionally since 1993. Her pieces are included in many collections both public and private, and in the Permanent Collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum.
A graduate of Moscow Textile Institute, Ludmila Aristova came to fiber art after a career in fashion design. Her “painting palette” consists of fabric and thread combined to create smooth color and design transitions within an abstract format. Her use of varied fabric textures produces a color spectrum ranging from rich to subtle in effect. About her work, art critic Ed McCormack writes: “Indeed the textures that Aristova achieves with needle and thread can be accurately compared to [Color Field painter Jules] Olitski’s use of painterly impasto to lend his canvases tactile weight and depth. For not only does she combine fabrics such as silk and cotton but also combines hand-painting with dyed materials to create complex chromatic contrasts that are considerably enhanced by painstaking hand-stitching with different colored threads. Indeed, no painter has at his or her disposal a more richly varied arsenal of subtle textural and coloristic effects. … like Kandinsky –– and unlike too many other contemporary artists, who view abstraction in strictly formal terms, forgetting the spiritual sources that inspired that great Russian innovator’s first experiments with nonobjective composition –– Aristova obviously realizes that pure form and color, like music, can be transmitters of emotion.” Aristova’s award-winning works have been included in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad. The works, in major museum, and private collections, including the Museum of Arts & Design in New York the All Russia Museum of Applied and Decorative Art in Moscow and others, have also been featured in numerous publications.