Aviks, Ilze
October 1994
Surface Design Journal;Fall94, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p12
Trade Publication
The article features the monumental loom-woven U.S. flag of James Bassler named "Old Glory." Old Glory represents a modern hybrid, a descendent of both the expressionistic art fabric revolution that honored and adopted traditional processes as well as the social and political approach of the fine arts after process art and minimalism. For Bassler, the flag is a response to the country's misguided interventions and painful lessons which are carried out under the symbolic rubric of the flag. It could also be seen as an answer to the call for a more connective, redemptive art which textile form and process link this work to a continuum of human endeavor where its tactility elicits viewer response.


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