A Very Long Engagement

October 2, 2015 - January 8, 2016 at BNY Mellon Center

metal ball wrapped in crocheted orange yarn

Human beings’ relationship with string spans millennia and it is thought that simple strands of fiber were the beginning of our species’ understanding of space and abstract thought. Our very long engagement with string and its manipulation into essential everyday objects is at the core of how humans engage with the world.

The works collected in this exhibition emerge from lengthy encounters with string – whether knotted, netted, interlaced, woven or percussed. Created by six fiber artists, the works form a kind of network of linked ideas, processes, physical properties and material qualities.

Learn more about the exhibition and the participating artists in this essay by curator Frances Dorsey.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by the Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Featured image: Doug Guildford