21st Century Art, CE - BC, Jan Haag

BY JAN HAAG

MUSIC + POETRY + TEXTILE ART + TRAVEL + ESSAYS + FICTION
INTRODUCTION + HAAG'S BIO





21st CENTURY ART,

C.E.- B.C., A Context

Needlepoint, Weaving, Rugs, Architecture, Tapestry, Knitting, Fractals
Calligraphy, Lattice -- The Grid Arts

...the geometry is the light...
Click on the images to see larger pictures by each artist, and notes about their work.


Jan Haag


C.E.C. Tattersall


Mandelbrot Sets
If prostitution is the oldest profession, fabric making and embellishment is surely the oldest art. Indeed, it probably pre-dates prostitution by several millenia. For, though undoubtedly it took man some time to make the creation of life into a dirty practice, the need for comfort, beauty, meaning, pattern and design -- as fabric fragments and cave art dating from the beginnings of humankind attest -- came with the nature of the beast.


June Wayne


Linda Tomback


Judith van Praag
The Jacquard Loom invented in 1804 in France is cited as the prototype for the computer. 1,000 years ago the Chinese were weaving silk spun from the pod of a worm. The oldest preserved (in Altai ice) knotted carpet, the Pazyryk Carpet, dates from fourth or third century B.C. In the oldest city planned on the grid system, Moenjodaro (mound of the dead) ca. 2250 B.C., there are pictures of looms. It is estimated that looms have been in use at least since 4,400 B.C.. Cotton cloth was known in India in 3,000 B.C.. Linen from Egypt dates to 5,000 B.C.. Catal Huyuk has kelim patterns on its walls dating to ca. 6,500 B.C.. Somewhere between the 9th millenium B.C. and the Spanish rape, Peruvians -- perhaps the greatest fabric artist ever known -- wove gauzy shrouds 200 inches wide and, for the living, embroidered cloth in esoteric designs awe-inspiring in their implications.


Sound of Jade


Lenore Tawney


Guggenheim
Museum Bilbao
Compared with the roughhouse immediacy of painting and sculpture, one can cite many a rug, tapestry, piece of stitchery which took a year to make or, at times, a decade. Back and back and back, millennia by millennia, the history and lore of weaving/stitchery recedes as we, at the near end of the time scale, proceed -- cloth, grid arts, fractals and computer -- into the future.


The Closet Installation


Rosalyn
Cherry-Soleil
June Wayne has said: "The stitch, a basic element akin to the musical note, is a module of construction and a marker for time passing -- a means of energy transmission."


Hetty Minsk


Sharon Kallis
at Kells


Teresa Rudden
We may not know their exact interpretations, but the meanings embodied in weaving, tapestries, needlepoint, embroidery, crocheting, knitting, knotting, ropes, lace, beading, basketry, along with the skills of patterning, repetition, mathematical calculation, usually passed on from mother to daughter, as design, as lore, as secret knowledge, as an embodiment of the divine, an infinite varieties of stitchery, calligraphy, building and, today, computer technology, constitute the longest unbroken lineage of the most complex ideas and aesthetic knowledge, ever manifested by human beings via art.

"I become timeless when I work with fiber." says Lenore Tawney. "Each line, each knot is a prayer."



Kris Leet


Chinese Lattice


Sarawak
Ikat
This Website roams around in this exhaustive landscape, points out a few features, concepts, artists, ideas, bits of literature. It transmits some beautiful images hoping to encourage your further study of each single artist/book/subject in the fine arts of fiber, fabric, cloth, carpets, mathematics, building, visual music -- whether as appreciator, collector or stitcher. Pattern repetition alone (see the Mandelbrot Sets), whether done with the computer, needle (see Tomback's I Didn't Follow The Directions, Study in Blue) or a construction crew (lightly surfacing the Bilbao Museum with titanium rectangles) may be at the very heart of creation.


Jacquard Loom


Kaffe Fassett


Laural Anderson
These arts are as sacred as the temple dancers of ancient civilizations -- when the joy of creating life still inspired reverence -- and just as ignorantly misrepresented. Effort is nearly always afoot in the field of fabric and the other grid-arts to admire the art and reject the artist -- for, who are they? in many cases, but "ignorant" tribal women or rich yuppitesses with nothing better to do than buy expensive hand-dyed yarn and fill their time with stitches, making masterpieces for the family home only to have their wonderous arts dismissed as idle-time "crafts."


Pazyryk Carpet


Computer
Hard Disk
Circuit Board


Peruvian Textiles
For the most part, women have made the cloth for our bodies and our lives, for the carpets beneath our feet and the canopies above our heads. Even Christoper Alexander admits in a footnote in A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art that his hypothetical Sufi rug-makers, who attempted to create with each carpet "a picture of God" were, undoubtedly, women.


Catal Huyuk


Aborigine Art


Christopher Alexander
Visit each of the artists / books / Websites / subjects / areas / explorations and their links. Study the work, there is knowledge here.

And -- come again. The elements of this "context" will change, evolve, be added-to -- even after the site is "finished."



Cantalloc
Nazca Lines


Rumi


Moenjodaro

21st CENTURY ART, C.E.- B.C., A Context was founded by Jan Haag under the auspices of the Open Studios Project of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Benton Foundation, the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Public Libraries, Microsoft and, in part, it was created at the University of Washington via the Access Program to bring attention to notable works of art and artists in the fields of what she, for the present, describes as "the grid arts" -- the grid of creation, pattern, repetition, mathematics, geometry, the multitudinous pearls, so to speak, of Indra's net -- now in process of transmutation via the Internet.


Kelims
Paul Valery


Tribal Rugs
Living beings who practice these long-lineaged fine arts are welcome to participate in this Website. Contact Jan Haag via e-mail:

To see Jan Haag's own work across a wide ranging spectrum of the arts, visit janhaag.com, especially Haag's Textile Arts.




All images and text on this Website are Copyrighted © by the individual artists, writers, creators,
photographers, original publishers and/or original Websites on which they appear.





THIS WEBSITE IS FOREVER UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

WELCOME TO THE EXPLORATION OF THE VAST FIELD OF THE GRID ARTS, WHICH, REACHING FATHER BACK THAN 2,100 B.C., PROBABLY ATTAINED THE FORM OF HIGH ART AS EARLY AS 10 OR 20,000 B.C. (SURELY THEIR ORIGINS STRETCHES BACK TO THE NEXT GARMENT AFTER THE FIG LEAF!) AND THEY WILL, NO DOUBT, BE PRACTICED AS FAR INTO THE FUTURE AS HUMAN PLEASURE IN BEAUTY AND DESIGN PERSISTS.

Jan Haag
Seattle, Washington
First Posted November 6, 1998
Revised August 17, 2000
Los Angeles



21st Century Art, CE - BC, A Context





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BY JAN HAAG

MUSIC + POETRY + TEXTILE ART + TRAVEL + ESSAYS + FICTION

INTRODUCTION + HAAG'S BIO