NICHOLS GALLERY, NORTH GALLERY & ATRIUM
CONVERSATIONS WITH GEE'S BEND
May 25th – Sept. 3, 2018
Curated by Martindale/Adams
Fifteen years ago an astounding exhibit of quilts made by women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama toured the country. Everywhere, people responded in awe to the quilts, their improvisational designs, bold colors and narrative they told. The rural Alabama community was left alone, geographically and from outside influences and judgement, to hand down their traditions, quilt by quilt, generation by generation. The women were not considered artists, by society’s standards, their materials were often nothing more than worn out clothes. The women of Gee’s Bend succeeded in creating masterpieces of art, telling their stories of great poverty, civil rights, their faith and pride in their African Heritage. Quilts made out of necessity, from nothing, became something enduring and beautiful.
Many of those in awe were working artists. Our exhibit poses questions, how are contemporary artists in conversation with the Gee’s Bend quilts?
ARTIST JYLIAN GUSTLIN
Jylian Gustlin is a native Californian and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. She has been shaped by the technology explosion of Silicon Valley and her art reflects her in-depth knowledge of technology.
For the last several years, Jylian has been working on a series of paintings, both abstract and representational, that are based on the Fibonacci mathematical theories. She continues to explore science and mathematics and how it intersects with the arts.
Dave and Nancy Honeywell Charitable Trust, Town of Friday Harbor, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Maryanne Tagney Jones Family Fund, Peg Gerlock and Phil Johnson, Kim Miller
Additional sponsors:Kenmore Air, Tom and Barbara Cable, Margaret Greene, David and Valerie Kelley F/V Arrow, Bill and Susan Potts, Funk and Junk Antiques, Greg Kucera Gallery, Printonyx, Harbor Rental, Café Demeter, Sharon Lannon, Christine Leiren Mower, Margaret and Scotty Green, Cindy Pigott, Deirdre Morris, Mike’s Wine Bar and Café