Art in focus: Arlington Arts Center’s “Interwoven”

January 31, 2013

Shows celebrating the marriage of fine art and craft are certainly nothing new. But the Arlington Arts Center's group exhibition "Interwoven: Art. Craft. Design" is more of a menage a trois than a marriage, highlighting the free-wheeling open relationship between the high-mindedness of art, the sensuous materiality of craft and the formal polish of good design.

The works by 26 artists feature different recipes for the three ingredients, but all strive for what curators Melissa Messina of the Savannah College of Art and Design and Kathryn Wat of the National Museum of Women in the Arts call the perfect trifecta, balancing some combination of all three.

In the end, it's craft that seems to win out, with an striking emphasis on material and  texture. That's not a bad thing either. The show features a lot of eye candy. Read my review, and check out a selection of images from the show in the gallery above.

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Michael O’Sullivan has worked since 1993 at The Washington Post, where he covers art, film and other forms of popular — and unpopular — culture.
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