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Fabric of Time
February 23, 2012   
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A scrap of prewar silk, an old headscarf from the Silesia region, unusual decoration made of faded wallpaper and many other bits and pieces have been employed by Polish artists Bogusława Jaroszewicz-Fogler and Anna Michniewicz to make artistic fabrics for an exhibition entitled Fragments, on display at the Apteka Art Gallery.

The titular fragments incorporated into the displayed works are woven together as a cohesive story of the passing of time. Fogler’s works from the Read series call to mind ancient books with pages marked with the passage of time and words and strings of characters sinking into felt. Appliqué designs, embroidered and printed patterns, and rusty metal with a patina on the surface, are all arranged into a collage of textures and subtle hues.

In her second collection of works, Fogler attempts to capture moments from a trip she took to India. She draws inspiration from colorful streets, sunlight seeping through designs cut out in stone in the Ajanta Caves and from Hindi typography.

Works by Michniewicz feature an unlikely combination of textures and contrasting colors. Michniewicz enlists time and its effects as her allies. What may seem to be signs of destruction and degradation on old fabrics, Michniewicz regards as an integral value. She is also fascinated by felt, which she decorates with embroidered patterns imitating those used on folk fabrics.

Until March 11, Apteka Art Gallery
3/5 Wyzwolenia Ave.
Open Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission.
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