CONTEMPORÂNEO – CONTEMPORARY
A Joint Exhibition of Art Quilts from Brazil and the Contemporary Quilt Art Association
For the past nine years the Contemporary QuiltArt Association (CQA) from Washington State, has been sending art quilts to the Patchwork Design show in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to be exhibited side by side with Brazil quilt artists.
The goal of this exhibition is to give US viewers a chance to see the Brazil and US art quilts side by side just as Brazilians have been able to do in the past. There was not an assigned theme so that each artist could continue to work in his or her chosen style or theme. Surprisingly, there did appear common themes in the two groups, as artists from both countries explored life, the home, abstract art, and social comment.
The Brazil artists over the years have continued to explore the abstract with an emphasis to adding depth to each piece using embellishments. While the Contemporary QuiltArt Association artists created mainly abstract art quilts in its early years, they have started moving towards abstract realism with often very little physical depth in each piece.