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String as contemporary art medium

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Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe
 

Gabriel Dawe's brilliantly coloured string installations are stretched between loom-like frames and reference the domestic weaving of textiles undertaken by women in his native Mexico - a craft which, as a child, he was forbidden to explore due to its associations with femininity.

Consequently, Dawe's work takes on personal significance as a means of subverting the machismo expectations of his homeland, but is also

This resonance is often achieved by the superimposition of one stringed screen against another, not only intensifying colour, but creating a sense of conjoined form and depth.

Gabriel Dawe
 
Gabriel Dawe
 

Anne Lindberg

Anne Lindberg
 

Anne Lindberg's sculptural string installations resemble clouds of powdered pigment shot through with hints of blended colour.

This interest in chromatic arrangements of coloured string is made even more explicit in Lindberg's 'thread drawings', which consist of lines of cord stretched from staples fixed directly to the wall.

Partially emulating the linen support on which paintings are made, as well as approximating their pigmented surfaces, Lindberg's beautifully modulated abstractions provide an interesting twist on the notion of drawing, painting and use of the line.

Anne Lindberg
 
Anne Lindberg
 
Anne Lindberg
 

Kate Terry

Kate Terry
 

By using a far less dense arrangement of thread than many of the other artists featured here, UK artist Kate Terry creates works that are particularly ethereal.

Elusive to the gaze, her arrangements are partially revealed by ambiental lighting, a ploy that not only implicates the viewer in an act of discovery, but underpins the volumetrically insubstantial nature of her chosen medium.

Kate Terry
 
Kate Terry
 

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