The Fabrication of Imagination, now at the ALL Gallery on Market Street in Lowell, blew people away yesterday. The curator, Gwen Stith, has filled the space with work that leads you in. Every piece explores the boundaries. The exhibit reminds me of Annie Dillard's discussion of writers in The Writing Life. Like them, these artists "loved the range of materials they used. The work's possibilities excited them: the field's complexities fired their imaginations." The gallery vibrates with ideas.
The Fabrication of Imagination will be open 10am-6pm this Saturday,8/8, and from 10am-5pm this Sunday, 8/9. Also on this Saturday, Susan Webber will demonstrate free-motion stitch from 10-1, and you're invited to a reception for the artists from 2-4. Gallery hours for the rest of August are Saturday, 11-4, and Sunday noon-4.
To borrow from Dillard again, why do we make art, "if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed?"