The Quicksilver Mine Co.
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Threads of Illusion
A One-Woman Exhibition by Adela Akers
August 17—September 23, 2012
The Quicksilver Mine Co. presents a one-woman exhibition of large and small-scale weavings by Sonoma County artist Adela Akers beginning August 17th.
Akers' beautifully executed hand-woven tapestries can be as purely abstract as the mathematics that inspires them. Trained in science as well as art, she brings a formal discipline to her work, resulting in pieces whose repetitive geometric structures recall pre-Columbian tapestries as well as contemporary artworks inspired by modes of industrial production.
Made up of finely woven linen strips sewn together, Akers inserts horsehair into the woven structure, adding stiffness and creating an illusion of movement and space. The use of patterns from present and past cultures is explored in the form of line drawings, using paints and inks in direct application to the warp threads or to the finished woven cloth. Thin bands of metal (recycled from the foil tops of wine bottles) are then cut and stitched into the woven strips, suggesting language and written records.
Born in Spain, Akers moved to Cuba during the Spanish Civil War in 1937. She later moved to the United States, studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, in the 1960s. She taught textile arts at the university level on both the east and west coasts until her retirement in 1995.
Akers has exhibited her work extensively, including solo shows in New York, Connecticut, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Colorado, and Los Angeles. This show at Quicksilver will present significant works produced by the artist during the last ten years.
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An Artist Reception for Adela Akers will be held on Saturday, August 18th from 4—6pm. Her show, Threads of Illusion, will continue in the Gallery through September 23rd.