"CARIBIANA: TROPICAL SIGHTS AND COLORS BY SANDRA GOLBERT"
The Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College
400 Heath Street
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
March 28 - August 1, 2012
by Meredith Cutler (for Artscope Magazine)
Invisible currents of air created by visitors entering the Hess Gallery are revealed as Sandra Golbert's "Sun Room" installation ripples a welcome. Suspended just beyond the entry gate, this curtain of hand-painted silk ribbons lights up the space with a gradient of sunset hues, confronting every entrant with subtle movement.
"Reef," a similarly constructed piece of suspended fabric elements, is the keystone of the fiber arts show "Caribiana: Tropical Sights and Colors by Sandra Golbert" at the Hess Gallery, located in Pine Manor College’s Annenberg Library. A cascade of hand-painted silk crepe de chine and organza slowly turning in the library’s atrium, "Reef" has only been on display once before, in a church. Its indigo-to-turquoise hues conjure at once the celestial and the nautical realms. Golbert envisioned each component as a floating painting, working with French cold-water dyes and salt to achieve brilliantly speckled, cooling washes of color.
Image: Sandra Golbert, "Barnacles" (detail), hand-embroidered silk in barnacle-shaped cones, 18" x 6" x 2".