POPULAR TODAY ART

sheila hicks knots colorful fiber bundles for seance at design miami/ basel
original content
jun 24, 2014
sheila hicks knots colorful fiber bundles for seance at design miami/ basel


sheila hicks knots colorful fiber bundles for séance at design miami/ basel
(above) installation view at design miami/ basel
photo © james harris

 

 

 

for design miami/ basel’s design at large program (an exhibition platform that presents monumental pieces that surpass the scope of the gallery booth) demisch danant presents the work of american artist sheila hicks, who has created ‘séance’, an architectural installation which canvasses the walls of the gallery expanse with huge, colorful tufts of fabric. the tussocks of fiber are mounted on a black-painted curve of the back wall, covering it with masses of wool, linen, cotton. the work utilizes a synthetic color-fast textile, produced in turkey, processed in western europe, and woven in the united states. it originates as pure powdered pigment, which is combined with a binding agent to create a pliable fiber. therefore, the material can be thought of as a translation of color into a three-dimensional form, which hicks compounds through her site-specific intervention for the herzog & de meuron-designed exhibition space.

sheila hicks knots colorful fiber bundles for séance at design miami/ basel
installation view at design miami/ basel
photo © james harris

 

 

 

additionally, ‘séance’ includes a massive suspended column and dozens of large, vibrantly colored ‘bundles that lean against each other and invite inspection. in the center of these fiber sculptures stands a ‘color table’ offering trays of hand-painted wooden blocks. visitors are encouraged to use these to create color combinations guided by their own personal associations. they can then share and trade with other participants to create a unique color narrative. séance invites visitors to participate in hicks’ color play, one of the most fundamental aspects of her art and design process.

sheila hicks knots colorful fiber bundles for séance at design miami/ basel
installation view at design miami/ basel
photo © james harris

sheila hicks knots colorful fiber bundles for séance at design miami/ basel
the installation presented by demisch danant for design at large, design miami/basel
image courtesy of demisch danant

sheila hicks knots colorful fiber bundles for séance at design miami/ basel
installation view at design miami/basel
image courtesy of demisch danant

sheila hicks knots colorful fiber bundles for séance at design miami/ basel
installation view at design miami/basel
image courtesy of demisch danant

sheila hicks knots colorful fiber bundles for séance at design miami/ basel
view of the sheila hicks exhibition ‘baôli’, 2014, palais de tokyo (paris)
image courtesy of sikkema jenkins & co., new york / photo by aurélien mole

sheila hicks knots colorful fiber bundles for séance at design miami/ basel
view of the sheila hicks exhibition ‘baôli’, 2014, palais de tokyo (paris)
image courtesy of sikkema jenkins & co., new york / photo by aurélien mole

sheila hicks knots colorful fiber bundles for séance at design miami/ basel
view of the sheila hicks exhibition ‘baôli’, 2014, palais de tokyo (paris)
image courtesy of sikkema jenkins & co., new york / photo by aurélien mole

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library