Al Loving: Torn Canvas

Al Loving, Untitled, c. 1975, mixed media,94 x 84 inches (courtesy of Gary Snyde
Al Loving, Untitled, c. 1975, mixed media,94 x 84 inches (courtesy of Gary Snyder Gallery)

James Kalm visits the exhibition Al Loving: Torn Canvas at Gary Snyder Gallery, New York, on view through December 15, 2012.

Kalm writes that the exhibition "presents a group of groundbreaking sewn assemblage/tapestries using Loving's geometric abstract forms. Using dyes found fabrics and colored thread these pieces also delve into formalistic issues related to Process Art and Experimental painting." The gallery press release notes that "Disenchanted with his earlier, hard-edge geometric paintings, the artist dispensed with notions of centralized composition, figure/ground separation, and pictorial frame. In works like Self- Portait #23, Loving combined literally hundreds of pieces of torn fabric into an abundance of overlapping patterns and shapes. Their rich and intuitive array of colors stretches irregularly, extending to the floor, encompassing the surrounding space, and engulfing the viewer."