By Connie Yu.
Walking into The Fabric Workshop and Museum, you’re funneled past the brightly wallpapered lobby, past the shop carrying artist multiples, artist books, and fun design paraphernalia, and into the first room of the gallery. Richard Tuttle’s Both/And Richard Tuttle Print and Cloth (May 15–Summer 2015) spanned the first, second, seventh, and eighth floors. In the second room of the first-floor gallery, along the left wall, objects lined the walls, fastidiously measured fifty-four inches above the floor at Tuttle’s request, small-scale constructions that hearkened back to Kazumi Tanaka’s show last fall, Mother and Child Reunion (August 1–September 9, 2014). In the same first-floor room, handmade miniatures of Tanaka’s family cabinets and wardrobes extended from the wall, their small shadows set against prints of scale drawings of the objects themselves. What Tuttle and Tanaka’s shows revealed at first glance was the careful making of these objects; what is most remarkable about The Fabric Workshop and Museum is that the making is done in-house by the studio team, in collaboration with the artists for their dedicated shows.