21st CENTURY ART, C.E. - B.C.

"...the geometry is the light..."


June Wayne

"Tapestry is a graphic art, intimate, restrained, in short, a literary art... We eat paintings. We read tapestries; their seductions of silk, wool, metal, even hemp and cotton, tend to camouflage how cerebral their sensuality is." June Wayne, THE TRADITION OF NARRATIVE TAPESTRY, Craft Horizons, 1976
"From pristine lithographs to exquisitely wrought tapesteries, there is nothing that is not well made in ["JUNE WAYNE, A Retrospective" at the Neuberger Museum of Art]. Exceptional images include...the tapestry,Verdict ... a brownish mass like a cubistic rock face. which is garnished with red and yellow dots and yellow crosses, and is surmounted by a strain of pink and lavender beads -- the genetic code -- laid on a black ground." Vivien Raynor, A PRINTMAKER'S SHOW WITH TAPESTRIES, The New York Times, June 8, 1997

Verdict, 10 x 6 1/2', 1973

In the grid/weaving/needle arts time is secured stitch by stitch -- space and time are complimentary. A stitch, pattern, repetition, line, color, all are musical notes, phrases -- they remain. A tapestry becomes a "musical composition." In Asia and other parts of the world weaving, carpet knotting, stitching is often done to music and patterns, at times, are chanted. Like the interlocking spirals of the genetic code, time and space are constructed in tapestry, as rhythm and melody are in music. Jan Haag, 1998.

"The wave's slippery substance and fluid form mesh tensely with the tight rectilinearity and silky hold of the woven fabric... Through her choice of point-size and color, the artist again reconciles a conceptual paradox." Arlene Raven, JUNE WAYNE, A Retrospective, Neuberger Museum of Art, 1997.

Grande Vague Noire, 7 x 6', 1976

"...employing sensual materials to invoke an intellectual sensibility. The weaving of tapestry is intensive, rhythmical, and slow. In these charcteristics, Wayne found a direct and appropriate way by which she could transmit to the viewer a sense of time passing that is internal to the process. She can lead the viewer beyond real time to read certain works at a quickended pace, or to perceive others in extended cosmic time." Bernard Kester, JUNE WAYNE:THE DJUNA SET

June Wayne, with themes drawn from science, cosmology, literature, social
issues and person experience is a master of lithography, painting, activist
for the arts, and founder of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop. Her recent
exhibits include: "June Wayne, A Retrospective," Los Angeles County
Museum of Art, and "June Wayne and the Cosmos," New York Academy of
Sciences, 1997

Images copyright © June Wayne 2000

The work of June Wayne is represented in the collections of many musuems, including: the Art Institute of Chicago, British Museum, Houghton Library, Harvard, Library of Congress, Los Angeles County Museum, Musuem of Modern Art, National Galley of Art and the New York Public Library. Her collected works are archived at the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.

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For a full background on June Wayne, her life and work, see The Art of June Wayne

21st Century Art, C.E. - B.C., A Context

Copyright © Jan Haag 2000

Jan Haag may be reached via e-mail: jhaag@janhaag.com