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Bobrowicz and string theory


[Ed. Note: Charlotte Schatz sent us this nice report on pioneering fiber artist and 1996 Pew fellow Yvonne Bobrowicz who spoke recently at Woodmere Art Museum in conjunction with the Senior Artists Initiative exhibit. Schatz has work in that show as do Bobrowicz, Gladys Krieger Bloch, John Costanza, Mary Costanza, Arthur de Costa, Robert Dodge, Alan Klawans, Lucartha Kohler, Rose Naftulin and Tina and Douglas Pappajohn.]

Post by Charlotte Schatz

I attended Yvonne Bobrowicz‘s lecture recently at the Woodmere Art Museum which was part of the Senior Artists Initiative exhibit. It was fascinating, informative and provocative. She is a delightful speaker, very extemporaneous and honest. She has had a long and successful career in fibers, exhibited all over the world, has been commissioned by Louis Kahn among many others. Bobrowicz covered the history of “the thread” in a most interesting way. Her work is informed by string theory, Jungian psychology and Eastern philosophy.

(image above is Bobrowicz’ “Energy Field,” 1990, knotted black translucent monofilament with 24K goldleaf 66″w. x 90″h. x 18″d., Philadelphia Museum of Art permanent collection.)

She had brought along many examples of her exciting work: floor pieces, woven textile fabrics and her latest ephemeral pieces made of knotted monofilament, gold and silver which are on exhibit at the Woodmere. It was one of the most delightful, informative lectures I’ve heard in a long time. Young artists would have learned how an intelligent mind and a free, creative spirit can coalesce into magnificent art work.

(image is Bobrowicz with Anne Kaplan, founder and director of the Senior Artists Initiative.)

Senior Artists Initiative is up at Woodmere to January 8, 2006

Charlotte Schatz is a Philadelphia painter and sculptor whose studio we visited on the POST tour in October.

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