All art roads lead to Philadelphia in February and March 2010. In the 14 years since inaugurating this important survey of innovative non-traditional approaches to sculpture using fiber materials, Gallery Director and Biennial Curator Bruce Hoffman has assembled a remarkable collection that addresses the contemporary world history of these practices with a mix of passion, gesture, intimacy and powerful narrative.
The 7th International Fiber Biennial in 2010 has been organized in conjunction with Philagrafika, an exposition that examines the print in all its possible manifestations. Opening January 29, and led by the Columbian Curator Jose Roca, Philagrafika is a consortium of 86 organizations and venues throughout the Philadelphia area. Consisting of a series of rolling exhibitions, installations and lectures that continue through April 11, 2010, it will feature a staggering array of works by both internationally prominent artists and relatively unknown new talent, all assembled under the theme of â€˜The Graphic Unconsciousâ€™.Snyderman-Works Biennial Curator and Director Bruce Hoffman asked the invited Biennial artists to
address this theme as well. Connecting the dots that link exhibitions such as the Fiber Biennial with, for example, the recent tapestry inspired exhibit, Banners of Persuasion, at the James Cohan Gallery in New York (which included works by such international figures as Kara Walker and Grayson Perry), and with the large format tapestries of William Kentridge, shown at his solo exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2007-08, leads to the realization that a serious re-examination of the power of materials - when combined with brilliantly creative fabrication - is underway.