Photograph by Aaron Johanson

Unraveled: Textiles Reconsidered at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati

We’re in Cincinnati this week, and tonight is the opening of Unraveled: Textiles Reconsidered, a group show exploring the deconstruction and reconstruction of everyday textiles, curated by Kate Bonansinga, formerly of Portland and now director of the School of Art at the University of Cincinnati.

For the exhibit, the studio made Blanket Stories: Beacon, Marker, Ohi-yo, a blanket column inspired by the marker trees to be found in woodlands areas in the midwest. Anthropologists believe that these trees were “trained” by Indigenous peoples to provide navigation information along foot trails.

Blanket Stories: Beacon, Marker, Ohi-yo installed at its full height in the CAC gallery

It’s a fun show, including wonderful artists like Noel Anderson, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Hildur Bjarnadottir, Margarita Cabrera, Adrian Esparza, Ying Kit Chan, Kari Steihaug, and my friend and colleague from Portland, Mark Smith. I’m very grateful to have been included.