The Ralph Pucci Tango

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Monday, December 12, 2011
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The fiber art of Dana Barnes included fiber molded tires and inner tubes.

The fiber art of Dana Barnes included fiber molded tires and inner tubes. (Stoelker/AN)

The opening of “The Architecture of Indifference” last Thursday at Ralph Pucci’s Gallery 9 brought together the worlds of fashion and design in the manner that only this showroom can. The event launched a new line of mannequins from the company called “Guy,” with sultry poses suggesting last call at a bar in Buenos Aires. Any doubt as to Pucci’s inspiration for this collection was put to rest by the a tango performed by Walter Perez and Leonardo Sardella, who ambidextrously shifted roles in dancing backwards. The diversion almost threatened to distract from the fiber-based designs of Dana Barnes, but, of course, that’s nearly impossible to do.

A huge ball of rope from Dana Farber.

"Rigger's Knot" by Dana Barnes

Barnes’s work looks as though it might  comfortably function as furniture or floorcovering, particularly the felt swathed innertubes and rugs, but they perform well as sculptural pieces or as stand-alone works of art. One particular fiber wall installation sweeps twenty three feet across a gallery wall at sixteen feet high. The catalog notes that piece is “conceived with the idea of creating textural soft walls in large scale for architectural spaces.”

"In Knots," a 23' x 16' fiber art installation.

"In Knots," a 23' x 16' fiber art installation, hangs on the gallery wall.

Another close up of the hand felted inner tubes.

Another close up of the hand felted inner tubes.

"Wayward" is a handfelted rug with an enormously braided border.

"Wayward" is a handfelted rug with an enormously braided border.

"Lunar" is made of merno wool and recall the so-called "tumor dresses" by Comme des Garson's..

"Lunar" is made of merno wool.

Ralph Pucci attends to his guests.

The "Guy" collection en mass.

The "Guy" collection en masse.

Leo and Walter take to the floor as "Guy" looks on.

Leo and Walter take to the floor as "Guy" looks on.

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