Like in her previous gallery exhibitions, here Sheila Hicks powerfully contrasts large-scale fabric sculptures with more intimately scaled hand-woven swatches placed in wood frames. These latter works, which the artist refers to as minims, often incorporate non-fabric materials like quills, bits of metal, bamboo, feathers and paper. Their intricate delicacy—most are smaller than a sheet of notebook paper—play off of pieces like Almost 150 Delegates at the Treaty Table, which features tightly wrapped “tubes” of colorful fabric arranged side-by-side onto a four-by-12-foot wall sculpture.
Pictured: Sheila Hicks: The Right of Entry, 2014-15, bamboo, acrylic fiber, slate, coins, cotton, wool, metal wire and linen, 85 by 50 by 52 inches. Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins, New York.