139 W. Main Street
Columbus OH 43215
I Felt, You Paint
JANUARY 12 - FEBRUARY 10, 2018
Artists Reception: Friday, February 2 | 6-8 pm
In their first collaboration, fiber artist Judy Rush and abstract painter Michael Halliday team up to expand the potential and reaches of their mediums. Part of the exhibition juxtaposes their works like children participating in parallel play – they are seen adjacent to each other, but do not try to influence one another. The rest of the exhibition features new works that were created in direct response to each other's art and sensibility. Their artistic dialogue invites further examination of the seemingly unrelated mediums and vocabularies, which, now in a new light, can be connected. This interactive exhibition is curated by Eliza Ho.
Judy Rush Statement
I work in fiber. Everything is fiber anymore. Homes, clothes, bridges, cars, technologies, space shuttles. The list is endless. I see fiber as a means to connect with people. I see fiber as an energy exchange mechanism. Textiles reminds us of intimate times together with loved ones and how safe and content they can make us feel. A quilt made by my grandmother has more meaning to me than a blanket bought from the store. Even though the colors and fibers in my grandmothers blanket were terrible, I still feel her presence when I am with it.
Fiber has a unique quality when it comes to color interactions. Similar to a pixel in a computer generated image, when a single unit (fiber or pixel) changes in color the entire image changes in significant ways. Not only does the color effect the image but a single length of the fiber or yarn can change our perception of what an image is conveying.
Sometimes the fiber I work with has been turned into yarn and woven into cloth. Other times I felt it. I am interested in how the fibers and the colors interact with one another. Layering two different colored sheer textiles on top of one another yields another color completely. Felting is achieved by layering small tufts of fiber over and over again, slightly felting each layer so it will stay together. A thin layer of fiber of one color layered with thin fibers of another color will mix in some unpredictable way when the felting is complete.
My 2-D work is made by layering textiles and shapes then hand stitching it together. I cut through the surface and scrape off or rub to expose the layers below. Colors and stitching create unexpected shapes and patterns. Some of my 2-D work has been a compositional study of my adult children.
Michael J. Halliday Statement
My paintings have an essence of their own. Though I may sometimes work from a collage or small drawing, I allow the painting to develop based on my instincts, certain formal considerations, and any favorable accidents that may occur as a result of the paint itself. Color is very important in my work, and I rely on my intuition and visual acuity in deciding which colors I will use in a given motif. Once in progress, I allow the painting to have a life of its own. I do not attempt to deny the fluid nature of the medium, but rather let it speak for itself; for it is the fluid, dynamic, sensual, and subtle nature of paint that is the driving force behind my work.