Nancy Bardach, Fiber Artist
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Irregularity

Irregularity

2016    Size: 29"h x 56"w           Price: $1800

"Clinkers" are misshapen bricks that slumped or“exploded” in the kiln, rejected until the Arts and Craft movement in California, rediscovered them. The irregularities were considered natural, organic, exciting. Rescued from discard piles, they were incorporated in chimneys, walls and pillars. Especially as seen in bright overhead sunlight, the darker colors and irregular shapes of clinker bricks brought brick walls alive with movement and interest.

Design challenges are the fertilizer for much of man’s creativity, in quilts as elsewhere in art. Can hard fired clay textures be expressed through fabric piecing and thread texturing? Reflecting, incorporating the light, the shadows and complex, aged colors.

The back of this piece has photographed details of clinker brick walls photographed at a fraternity house in Berkeley CA that wasdesigned by Greene & Greene Architects.

The Body Electric

The Body Electric

2015   Size: 51"h x 46"w       Price: $3000

Images of indigo-dyed spinal columns, x-rays of knees, splashes of light and color.

Recipe: Contrast these impressions of rough spinal columns and abstract bones with elegant x-rays of my knees. Add splashes and swirls of light and color.  Compose in elongated columns.

Exhibited at AQM 2016 (the Artist as Quilt Maker) FAVA, Oberlin, OH this year.

Acrobatics

Acrobatics

2016       Size: 56"h x 108"w (triptych)     Price: $3000

‘Acrobatics’ is designed in fabric rectangles, elongated pieces, to approximate brushstrokes in color paintings where many bits create an overall look, somewhere between pointillism and impressionism. In this triptych, repeats of printed imagery act as themes and color marks. The clusters interact and form networks of light and color. Panels are distinct in overall coloration, but continuous in format and taches, or strokes, of color and pattern. My focus in this group --- both color and rhythm

Named ‘Acrobatics’, 'Between Acts’ and ‘Tumbling’ these three related panels have sketches in thread, that cross over panel edges to continue into the next piece. The quilting stitches illustrate illusory trapezes, nets, and swinging motions.  

Benthos

Benthos

2014     Size:  63" h x 42"w      Benthic regions exist on, in or under the sea floor --- from tide pools inshore, out along the continental shelf, to the bottom of the abyss.  In these environments a whole ecology of benthos exists, e.g. sponges and clams, starfish, sand dabs, snails, sea worms. Sunlight may penetrate the water. Phytoplankton and air bubbles travel up the water columns; algae drift downwards.    

Published in Portfolio 22- SAQA's art quilt compendium.                       Photo credit: Don Tuttle                                             Price:  $3000.

Darkness Visible

Darkness Visible

 2014         Size: 93" h x 41" w   Photo by: Don Tuttle      Price: $3000

To me, seeing darkness also means seeing its antagonist … or perhaps its companion … light.  The title comes from John Milton's description of hell in "Paradise Lost" -- "No light, but rather darkness visible..."  Materials: cotton and silk fabrics, some hand dyes, batiks, batting, threads. 

Accepted for the Quilts=Art=Quilts 2016 exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY. It has also exhibited in "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015.

 

Accelerating - Decelerating

Accelerating - Decelerating

2013     Size: 48"h x 33"w  

Shapes, spacing and colors lead to rhythmic tensions in this composition.  It’s all about light and movement, scribble and swish.

The hot hues add to the sense of speed, heat, and spice, while the quilting lines wriggle and dance down the canvas.

Toured for two years in the SAQA exhibit "Color Wheel of Emotions". 

Price: $2000.

Evaporating

Evaporating

2013       Size: 49"h x 45"w       Very delicate pastel colors almost seem to melt into one another.  

Price: $3000.

Composing Colors

Composing Colors

2013      Size:  74"w x 94"h                  Price: $8000.

Composing Colors has four repeating grids, with similar shapes and colors in each matrix. These are arranged in suites of bright colors, darks, greyed hues, and neons, as seen in reading order. The agglomeration of shapes to build up a composition also refers to our traditional, historical ways of organizing a quilt pattern.

Juried into Art Quilt Elements, Wayne PA, in 2016. Also "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015. Included in a small solo exhibit of my work featured at the "World of Threads Festival - 2014" in Oakville, Ontario, near Toronto. Composing Colors is published in SAQA's Portfolio 21, a compilation of art quilts. Also exhibited at The Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont CA and at Q=A=Q (Quilts-Art=Quilts) 2013 @ Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn NY.                       Long arm quilting by Angie Woolman.           

 

Syncopating

Syncopating

2013      Size: 40" h x 26" w      

In Syncopating color and shapes are skipping down the field.  A tension develops within the matrix.  Curved cutting chops the elements into irregular volumes, changing the tempo of the dance. Light and color streak across the surface like liquid paint stuttering across the canvas.

Shown at the "Structure" exhibit @ ARC Gallery, Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.  

SOLD to Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell, Massachusetts.

Extrapolating

Extrapolating

2012        Size: 90"h x 43"wExtrapolating juggles with repeating forms.  Similar shapes and colors reoccur at both top and bottom matrix.  It has exhibited in "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015; at The Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont CA; and at Q=A=Q (Quilts-Art=Quilts) 2013 in the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY.                                      Price: $4500.

 

Originating

Originating

2012      Size:  54"h x 53"w                                  Price: $5000.

Originating is the first of the Agglomerations series, inspired by the image of Gerhard Richter squeege-applying color to his paintings. White skipped over greens, reds, blues, yellows.   

It was selected for the exhiibbit "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015.  Also juried into the "World of Threads Festival 2014", in Toronto, Ontario, and at the "Point of View" exhibit, Vanderoth Gallery in Florida.                                                                

Defragging: a Time-lapse View

Defragging: a Time-lapse View

2014       Size: 45"h x 40"w       Price: $1700       A time-lapse view of defragging your computer to move fragmented files --- scattered across the hard drive ---  into contiguous, more efficient, locations.

Exhibited at Texas Quilt Museum's "On the Fringe" show, sponsored by SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates).

Compartments

Compartments

2012     Size: 48"h x 35"w       Price:  $400

Abstract imagery conveying painful emotions.  Images are set in a framework of strength, keeping dark feelings --- like depression, frenzy, suffocation, madness --- contained.  Designed in response to a Japanese Quilt Show theme of the seven deadly sins; originally named "Peccare".         

Chromatic Shuttling

Chromatic Shuttling

2013        Size: 25"h x 25" w       Price:  $400

‘Chromatic Shuttling’ employs color, movement and light to convey emotional states or abstract images.  Shapes, stitching patterns, and the wavering lines of texture reflect the uncertainties of life.                                    

Exhibited at “Lines into Shapes” a show in the Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, CO.

G Minor

G Minor

2014 (completed; started 2001)       Size:  40"h x 42"w.    Price: $500

Field patterns resemble piano keys. Irregular layout areas show the theme and variations.  Harmonious lines and colors of thread add a powerful orchestral background texture.       

Shown at "Musical" an exhibit at Art Works Downtown, San Rafael in 2016.                 

Irregularity

2016    Size: 29"h x 56"w           Price: $1800

"Clinkers" are misshapen bricks that slumped or“exploded” in the kiln, rejected until the Arts and Craft movement in California, rediscovered them. The irregularities were considered natural, organic, exciting. Rescued from discard piles, they were incorporated in chimneys, walls and pillars. Especially as seen in bright overhead sunlight, the darker colors and irregular shapes of clinker bricks brought brick walls alive with movement and interest.

Design challenges are the fertilizer for much of man’s creativity, in quilts as elsewhere in art. Can hard fired clay textures be expressed through fabric piecing and thread texturing? Reflecting, incorporating the light, the shadows and complex, aged colors.

The back of this piece has photographed details of clinker brick walls photographed at a fraternity house in Berkeley CA that wasdesigned by Greene & Greene Architects.

The Body Electric

2015   Size: 51"h x 46"w       Price: $3000

Images of indigo-dyed spinal columns, x-rays of knees, splashes of light and color.

Recipe: Contrast these impressions of rough spinal columns and abstract bones with elegant x-rays of my knees. Add splashes and swirls of light and color.  Compose in elongated columns.

Exhibited at AQM 2016 (the Artist as Quilt Maker) FAVA, Oberlin, OH this year.

Acrobatics

2016       Size: 56"h x 108"w (triptych)     Price: $3000

‘Acrobatics’ is designed in fabric rectangles, elongated pieces, to approximate brushstrokes in color paintings where many bits create an overall look, somewhere between pointillism and impressionism. In this triptych, repeats of printed imagery act as themes and color marks. The clusters interact and form networks of light and color. Panels are distinct in overall coloration, but continuous in format and taches, or strokes, of color and pattern. My focus in this group --- both color and rhythm

Named ‘Acrobatics’, 'Between Acts’ and ‘Tumbling’ these three related panels have sketches in thread, that cross over panel edges to continue into the next piece. The quilting stitches illustrate illusory trapezes, nets, and swinging motions.  

Benthos

2014     Size:  63" h x 42"w      Benthic regions exist on, in or under the sea floor --- from tide pools inshore, out along the continental shelf, to the bottom of the abyss.  In these environments a whole ecology of benthos exists, e.g. sponges and clams, starfish, sand dabs, snails, sea worms. Sunlight may penetrate the water. Phytoplankton and air bubbles travel up the water columns; algae drift downwards.    

Published in Portfolio 22- SAQA's art quilt compendium.                       Photo credit: Don Tuttle                                             Price:  $3000.

Darkness Visible

 2014         Size: 93" h x 41" w   Photo by: Don Tuttle      Price: $3000

To me, seeing darkness also means seeing its antagonist … or perhaps its companion … light.  The title comes from John Milton's description of hell in "Paradise Lost" -- "No light, but rather darkness visible..."  Materials: cotton and silk fabrics, some hand dyes, batiks, batting, threads. 

Accepted for the Quilts=Art=Quilts 2016 exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY. It has also exhibited in "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015.

 

Accelerating - Decelerating

2013     Size: 48"h x 33"w  

Shapes, spacing and colors lead to rhythmic tensions in this composition.  It’s all about light and movement, scribble and swish.

The hot hues add to the sense of speed, heat, and spice, while the quilting lines wriggle and dance down the canvas.

Toured for two years in the SAQA exhibit "Color Wheel of Emotions". 

Price: $2000.

Evaporating

2013       Size: 49"h x 45"w       Very delicate pastel colors almost seem to melt into one another.  

Price: $3000.

Composing Colors

2013      Size:  74"w x 94"h                  Price: $8000.

Composing Colors has four repeating grids, with similar shapes and colors in each matrix. These are arranged in suites of bright colors, darks, greyed hues, and neons, as seen in reading order. The agglomeration of shapes to build up a composition also refers to our traditional, historical ways of organizing a quilt pattern.

Juried into Art Quilt Elements, Wayne PA, in 2016. Also "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015. Included in a small solo exhibit of my work featured at the "World of Threads Festival - 2014" in Oakville, Ontario, near Toronto. Composing Colors is published in SAQA's Portfolio 21, a compilation of art quilts. Also exhibited at The Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont CA and at Q=A=Q (Quilts-Art=Quilts) 2013 @ Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn NY.                       Long arm quilting by Angie Woolman.           

 

Syncopating

2013      Size: 40" h x 26" w      

In Syncopating color and shapes are skipping down the field.  A tension develops within the matrix.  Curved cutting chops the elements into irregular volumes, changing the tempo of the dance. Light and color streak across the surface like liquid paint stuttering across the canvas.

Shown at the "Structure" exhibit @ ARC Gallery, Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.  

SOLD to Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell, Massachusetts.

Extrapolating

2012        Size: 90"h x 43"wExtrapolating juggles with repeating forms.  Similar shapes and colors reoccur at both top and bottom matrix.  It has exhibited in "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015; at The Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont CA; and at Q=A=Q (Quilts-Art=Quilts) 2013 in the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY.                                      Price: $4500.

 

Originating

2012      Size:  54"h x 53"w                                  Price: $5000.

Originating is the first of the Agglomerations series, inspired by the image of Gerhard Richter squeege-applying color to his paintings. White skipped over greens, reds, blues, yellows.   

It was selected for the exhiibbit "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015.  Also juried into the "World of Threads Festival 2014", in Toronto, Ontario, and at the "Point of View" exhibit, Vanderoth Gallery in Florida.                                                                

Defragging: a Time-lapse View

2014       Size: 45"h x 40"w       Price: $1700       A time-lapse view of defragging your computer to move fragmented files --- scattered across the hard drive ---  into contiguous, more efficient, locations.

Exhibited at Texas Quilt Museum's "On the Fringe" show, sponsored by SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates).

Compartments

2012     Size: 48"h x 35"w       Price:  $400

Abstract imagery conveying painful emotions.  Images are set in a framework of strength, keeping dark feelings --- like depression, frenzy, suffocation, madness --- contained.  Designed in response to a Japanese Quilt Show theme of the seven deadly sins; originally named "Peccare".         

Chromatic Shuttling

2013        Size: 25"h x 25" w       Price:  $400

‘Chromatic Shuttling’ employs color, movement and light to convey emotional states or abstract images.  Shapes, stitching patterns, and the wavering lines of texture reflect the uncertainties of life.                                    

Exhibited at “Lines into Shapes” a show in the Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, CO.

G Minor

2014 (completed; started 2001)       Size:  40"h x 42"w.    Price: $500

Field patterns resemble piano keys. Irregular layout areas show the theme and variations.  Harmonious lines and colors of thread add a powerful orchestral background texture.       

Shown at "Musical" an exhibit at Art Works Downtown, San Rafael in 2016.                 

Irregularity
The Body Electric
Acrobatics
Benthos
Darkness Visible
Accelerating - Decelerating
Evaporating
Composing Colors
Syncopating
Extrapolating
Originating
Defragging: a Time-lapse View
Compartments
Chromatic Shuttling
G Minor