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Gabrielle D’Angelo at Steve Turner
December 10, 2019 • 8:00 am - December 17, 2019 PST
On view: November 23–December 21, 2019
Gabrielle D’Angelo’s Off Balance may seem like a literal title at first. Her vibrantly-dyed fabric works hang off-kilter on wooden mounts, and her sculptural work, held together with string, feels precariously balanced. Yet the title also alludes to the space in-between. And much of D’Angelo’s works cannot be easily named, which adds to their appeal. Ruching and draping techniques in her hanging fiber works add a structural clothing element, yet the works remain staunchly non-functional, recalling decorative quilters like Al Loving. A brightly-hued wooden chair has been deconstructed on one wall—it too denying its original purpose. The straddling of function, craft, design, and decoration is where these works feel deliciously off balance.