Just when the weather’s finally warming up, we get clouds of art. The latest Spaceworks installation in the Woolworth Windows in downtown Tacoma features three artists – all female, not sure if that means anything – playing with clouds in form, metaphor and effect, using paper, fabric and straw to create art that wafts through the windows’ large interiors.
On the uptown end University of Puget Sound-based printmaker Janet Marcavage continues her rather dry, formal investigation of patterns and textures. This time she takes the ubiquitous stripe – think college dorm sheets, tacky business shirts – and transmutes it into flowing, leaf-shaped papers that flutter by in drifts, their interestingly-hatched stripes giving them the illusion of folded fabric.
The flat window decals add to the dimensional riff, and the palette of violet/poppy red is bold and lipsticky. What drags the installation down is the inclusion of all the striped jersey sheets, pinned lumpily to the walls. Their heaviness detracts from the paper’s skillful construction, and the whole thing seems a little lazy – a kind of “how can I possibly fill this entire window?” Read more »