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Joe the Quilter: Modern Musings
On view at the Craft in
Opening reception and artist talk on Saturday March 31, 2012 at 6PM
“By origin, quilts are blankets that are meant to be useful. You can use them to
wrap yourself up, in case of the apocalypse.” -Joe Cunningham
Joe the Quilter’s creations prove that quilts can speak as powerfully and effectively as the painter’s canvas. His quilts carry a multi-layered allure that is much deeper than the transfixing colors, patterns, and designs he scribbles across the cloth. Using landmarks of 20th century art as reference points in much of his work - Franz Kline, Abstract Expressionism and John Cage have entered into Cunningham’s approach - he pushes the craft into new realms.
Originally a rock and roll musician, Cunningham found his voice as a quilt artist when he learned and started experimenting in 1979. He soon poured his uncovered passion into researching, teaching and writing about quilts. Typically a female world, rare is the man who has ventured into these waters. Somewhere along his way, Cunningham learned about an 18th century male English quilter named Joe who inspired Cunningham to create a one-man musical quilt show which he will perform at the Study Center when the exhibition is on view.
The Craft in America Study Center is located at 8415 West Third Street, 2 blocks East of La Cienega. The