Patch Works

Fiber and Photographic Compositions by Steve Root and Louise Silk

The Framery
4735 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15201
412.687-2102
http://www.theframerypgh.com

Opening reception: Friday, June 6, 2008; 6:00-8:00PM
Exhibition continues through July 12, 2008

It is a storybook kind-of-tale: two artists doing what they love side-by-side from their living/working loft on Pittsburgh's South Side. When you step into the home of multi-media artist, Steve Root, and fiber artist, Louise Silk, you step into an imaginative colorful environment with displayed and in-progress art works that is plentiful enough to get anyone's creative juices flowing.

Their first meeting was at a Sheetz Convenience Store in New Alexandria because it was halfway between his home in Altoona and hers in Pittsburgh. Now they are happily married and presenting new works at The Framery, a Lawrenceville gallery.

Representative of the work in this exhibition, Louise Silk's quilt (left) served as the basis for Steve Root's photo composition (right).
Raw Quilt II: FreeForm

Raw Quilt II: FreeForm
2008
(larger image)

New Land

New Land
2008
28"W X 24"H
(larger image)

“What's exciting is how similar our work was before we knew each other and now being together how we push each other to move beyond our individual limited thinking. My quilts have taken on a raw, unstructured look that makes one more aware of the interplay of material and thread. As a result, the viewer is acutely aware of what actually holds the piece together.” said Louise Silk.

Steve Root agreed, “For most of the pieces in this exhibit, we created the art by working from each other's finished pieces. The result has moved both of us into new expanded territory. I am using readily available discarded materials and giving them aesthetic value. I continue to increase my cutting and piecing skills in the ongoing effort to see more of what is already there. These pieces create the necessity to see more.”

Steve currently has a one-person exhibit showing 29 pieces of his work at Photo Forum a Fine Art Photography Gallery located at the US Steel Tower 600 Grant Street.

Louise is the author of a book on quilting as a spiritual path which will be available for purchase at The Framery as part of the exhibition.

Contact Louise for more information.