- COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
- VIBRATE How Brad Winchester handles linen and wood. He didn't use any other materials. His show at Prole Drift is up through tomorrow.
There are four pieces of art by Brad Winchester in his show Three for Four at Prole Drift. They're crafted out of three equal-sized swaths of linen fabric and alder wood. He hand-unraveled and re-handspun every thread of the linens, into objects that have similarities with abstract paintings and minimalist constructions—or just a net you throw to catch a bunch of fish.
What I think he gets right is the tone. He's managing to balance purity—in addition to working his fingers to the bone on the linens, he fashioned his own stretchers and the pedestal sawhorse out of alder wood without using glue or nails—and the absurd. There's both homage and good-natured mockery of everything from 1970s art to the currently strenuous movement for locally sourced food.
And they're pretty. They really are. And sort of sad in their extreme modesty. They never do cross over into becoming their own sackcloths. They just sit very still and reach out to you a little, and hope you're there.