This INSTALLATION had WOW factor for me ... The Seven Vices-a monumental work by tapestry weaver Teodlinda Caorlin .....
from the point of view of sheer expressive power,with technical mastery such as the shading of the colours and the expressions of the characters which seem visceral in their raw emotions driven by vices -
The one that struck me was gluttony.. second right in the photo...expressive and an easy vice to fall into in italy!!
Then, in a nearby palazzo - a surreal baroque fantasyland , contrasted the understated minimalist wall works by Sandra Maconato, done in the 70s- the " Golden Age of textiles" when monumental works were par-to-the -course.
She is a Padovan weaver of the same calibre as Magdalena Abakanowicz ,unsung as a National Treasure
because I suspect , in Italy, the big divide between conceptual textile practice and fine arts has never been breached .This is evidenced at the Biennale of Art in Venice where are installations incorporating textiles are nearly always from overseas participants .The Italian art critics ,apart from Philipe Daverio ,still maintain their pass attitude, never regarding textiles as a serious medium and so they have been virtually ignored,
Creator of this project is architect Lea de Muzio ,who persuaded the public museums of Vicenza in northeast Veneto, to open their doors to a textile exhibition and series of seminars-workshops..the opening in this over- the- top ,surreal wonder called Palazzo Leoni Montanari ,built by eccentric its namesake,whose wealth was amassed by the silk and wool industry that flourished in the Renaissance..yes you could get rich with textiles in those days!!!
Above are large architectural works by Marisa Bandiera Cerantola....these scorched pieces were arresting....echoes of Australian shibori practioner, Lyn Zeelander showed her innovative,burnt take on shibori in the Paris ISN exhibition ....
Look ,down there you can see Eva Basile..jacquard expert extraordinaire and founder of FELTROSA, admiring an installation of Luciano Ghersi. No his work inside the portico,but reclining man in foreground all adds to the power of the installation ....and there is a bike transformed by cycling fanatic Luciano who has a compulsion to weave everything...this is a homage is an active member of cycle-power in Firenze.
This is a workshop venue in Italy for weaving ..watch out for that priceless Renaissance backdrop!!The bishop lives next door.This Ecclesiastical museum has the most amazing jeweled medieval religious Relic with a gold crown of thowns..this is the most amazing jewellery installation in precious metals I have ever seen..could be easily contemporary
..I digress..back to softer treasures....
And the curator -tireless,a walking encyclopedia of knotting knowledge and 110% committed to promoting textiles- Luca Gori our guide,seen below-an a hurry....despite the exhibition finished being hung...time to gluttonize ... and get stuck into that Baccala Vicentini- the famous marinfish dish of this undiscovered jewel of Palladios playground ...., graciously offered by Dr Muzio ,the brain child of Abilemente, which showcases Veneto textile artists every six months.
Back to the Venetian Empire.......
Centuries Old Textile Artisan textile merchants of Venice- Bevillaqua is an Aladdins cave of textiles ,still recreating Renaissance textiles ...a blog post is coming up.....so stay tuned!