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Innovations in Textiles is not, in fact, the name of a new soy-based fabric business. Rather, it is a biennial, city-wide slate of art shows that explore the aesthetic possibilities of textiles through traditional and contemporary means. The Ellen Curlee Gallery (1308-A Washington Avenue; 314-241-1299) opens its Innovations in Textiles show, titled Cohesion: Textiles+Photography, with a free public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 6. Cohesion: Textiles+Photography features the work of London-based Liz Rideal and St. Louisan Luanne Rimel; both artists combine photography and fabrics in different ways. Rideal takes photo-booth images of silk and tulle, using cold mechanics to make the fabrics come alive with motion. Rimel stitches time onto fabric, printing photographs onto textiles and handcrafting with thread. Both artists’ works seem proverbial, somehow old-fashioned and yet entirely new, turning the “rag-and-bone shop of the heart,” as W.B. Yeats would have it, into “masterful images,” or maybe just the fabric of our lives. Cohesion: Textiles+Photography remains on display through Saturday, October 20; the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 6. Continues through Oct. 20, 2007

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