More Air-like than Water
Left: Fuller Sampler (detail), 2018, metal blinds, paint, waxed kevlar
Right: Heart of Being 3, 2018, 41” x 21.5 x 4” , Cotton, polypropylene cord, nylon, wool, handwoven on TC-2 Loom
The work presented in More Air-like than Water, explores the deep meaning in geometry and abstraction as they relate to textile and graphic design vocabularies. Fairbanks approaches weaving, painting, photography and sculpture with a playfulness of process that destabilizes conventional value systems of hard and soft form-making while digging into more philosophical understandings of material vs immaterial.
The viewer is asked to consider object as photo, photo as pattern, pattern as dimensional; confronted simultaneously with macro and micro, foreground and background, disorienting the viewer as they search for a focus. While the work fights for perceptual attention, it also encourages a deep engagement with our material world in the construction of philosophical belief systems and physical realities.