Fiber of Life
January 11 - March 1, 2019
Reception: Monday, February 4, 2019 from 6-8pm
About Cary Wolinsky
“… Textiles embody stories about culture, politics, innovation, intrigue, greed, fortunes, and environmental collapse. A single piece of cloth can express light and movement, texture and volume, even emotion. It can be a projection of self or obfuscation: a disguise behind which to mislead the viewer. Cloth has the power to define and transform our impression of another human being.” - Cary Wolinsky
Multicultural Arts Center with Cary Wolinsky and The Pucker Gallery present Fiber of Life. Artist Cary Wolinsky grew up in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, a glass-manufacturing town, thirty-miles east of Pittsburgh. His father
had been a glider pilot and avid photographer in Europe throughout World War II. At age twelve, Cary Wolinsky was making photographs of his hometown and creating prints in his basement
darkroom. In 1965 Wolinsky entered the
photojournalism program at Boston University and was well situated to photograph the Vietnam era protests and campus unrest. He studied with Carl Chiarenza who, along with Minor White at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, encouraged him to pursue fine art photography. In 1969, Aaron Siskind accepted him to join the graduate photography program at Chicago’s Institute of Design,
Illinois Institute of Technology. Wolinsky chose instead to work as a photojournalist for the Boston Globe and began showing his fine art work at Pucker Gallery in Boston. By 1972, Wolinsky was providing freelance photographic essays to many national and international magazines, including Focus, Stern, Geo, Natural History, National
Geographic, and Smithsonian.
Wolinsky’s fascination with textiles started with a random encounter while in Varanasi India, during the communal riots of 1972. Curfews stranded him and a group of fellow businessmen and journalists in a hotel bar where Nasrudeen, a small man with a huge capacity for drink, persuaded Wolinsky to travel with him to his home in Bhadohi, a village of carpet weavers. Bhadohi turned out to be a magic place, and the first stop on a road that ultimately led Wolinsky to 24 countries and 40 years of photographing a subject that continues to draw him in. Cary Wolinsky uses photography to take the viewer on a vibrant journey, while displaying the power textiles have in defining and transforming our impressions of other human beings.
To submit work for consideration for an exhibition in one of our galleries, please follow submission guidelines on our Call to Artists page under Visual Artists.
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