Warped: An exhibition on sound and weaving

On View: June 10 - August 20, 2016


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Opening Reception: June 10, 2016 6-9 pm

Practitioners have long observed the relationship between sound and weaving. Appalachian master weaver Lou Tate (1906-1979) remarked how the weaving draft pattern resembles the five line musical staff. Indeed both composing and weaving are time-based endeavors that require significant planning, and are often recorded with the intention of being repeated, replayed, or replicated. Contemporary artists continue to investigate this intersection, mining the connections between sound and weaving for material, visual, and conceptual properties. The six artists included in this exhibition demonstrate a range of approaches inspired by the overlap of sound wave and thread, instrument and loom, composition and draft pattern, sound and weaving.

Featured artists: Raisa Kabir (London, UK), Chris Kincaid (Louisville, KY), The Little Loomhouse (Louisville, KY), Christy Matson (Los Angeles, CA), Alayna Rasile-Digrindakis (Philadelphia, PA), Nadia-Anne Ricketts (London, UK), Alyce Santoro (Fort Davis, TX)

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Re-weaving Narratives, Artist’s Talk with Raisa Kabir
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 6:30 pm

Textiles the world over can be read as distinct languages, evoking symbolism and codes, passed down from weaver to weaver; the textile memory as an archival resource. Artist Raisa Kabir will map out the ways hand woven textiles can become tools for reclaiming identity and geography, as well as amplify multiple voices to be heard, in recording their own histories and words.

In this talk, visitors will learn more about her varied practice and the processes and ideas behind Kabir’s work, as well as get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at different weaving techniques she has developed from researching weavers from around the globe. Raisa Kabir is a weaver from London, UK. Her established practice employs sound, woven cloth, installation, photography and performance to explore the politics of culture, gender, the brown body and labor. Her work uses South Asian text and iconography to unravel hidden narratives and erased histories from the diaspora.

Raisa Kabir, photo by Hengameh Yaghoobifarah

Raisa Kabir, photo by Hengameh Yaghoobifarah

About Raisa Kabir

Raisa Kabir is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and weaver. She uses contemporary textiles, sound and photography to interrogate concepts concerning the politics of dress, space and identity. She writes about South Asian Queer dress and diaspora culture, femme of color invisibility, as well as cultural appropriation. She is part of Collective Creativity, a QTIPOC arts collective based in London.


Overshot: A Composition for String Quartet and Electronics Inspired by the Lou Tate Kentucky Coverlet Collection
Thursday, July 28, 2016, 6:30 pm

In this lecture, composer Chris Kincaid and his wife Leslie Clements share the story of how a collection of weaving draft patterns of historic coverlets inspired him to compose a six-movement piece for string quartet and electronics.

See a live recording of the piece and hear about how the composer based each movement on a different aspect of the tradition of overshot weaving – in some moments the music is a literal interpretation of a weaving draft pattern, which looks similar to a musical staff with notes. At other times, the composer integrates more abstract concepts of the weaving tradition into the music.

Each movement is named for an overshot coverlet pattern included in the collection of Lou Tate, a master weaver and folk art historian, who served both the Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt administrations before founding the Little Loomhouse in Louisville, Kentucky over 75 years ago. Her world-class collection of hand-woven coverlets, draft patterns, and other historic archives is today preserved by the Lou Tate Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Their mission is to continue Lou Tate’s legacy by ensuring the preservation of the Little Loomhouse landmark cabins, and by educating students of all ages about the history and practice of weaving and textile arts through diverse programs, residencies, and community partnerships.

Leslie Clements headshotAbout Leslie Clements

Leslie Clements serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors at the Lou Tate Foundation, the nonprofit weaving and textile arts education organization that manages the Little Loomhouse. She puts her passion for community engagement to work as a Human Resources professional at a national healthcare organization, where she focuses on the design and implementation of employee well-being programs that support volunteerism and other community giving. She combines her interest in cause work with her love for the arts by volunteering with several community arts organizations in Louisville, Kentucky, where she lives with her husband, composer Chris Kincaid.

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About Chris Kincaid

Chris Kincaid, a native of Kentucky, is a composer and performer of both contemporary classical and experimental popular music. His work explores underlying principles found in both of these subsets of music while utilizing improvisation and electronics to facilitate a synthesis of the two styles. He recently completed his M.M. in Music Composition at the University of Louisville under the guidance of Marc Satterwhite and Krzysztof Wolek culminating in his first opera, Cephalophore premiered by the Thompson Street Opera Company.


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