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Playing with a Full Deck -  Visions Art Museum  •   San Diego, California
January 19, 2019 - April 7, 2019

Artists have been transforming playing cards designs for artistic purposes for centuries. Playing with a Full Deck continues this tradition by showcasing 54 contemporary art quilts created in 1993. 

The featured quilts represent a deck of 52 playing cards plus two jokers. They were created by 56 American artists; two quilts were made by wife/husband teams. Artist Sue Pierce had the original idea and recruited other contemporary quilt artists – known and unknown to her – to create these stunning card transformations.  They debuted at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in 1994 and then toured the country as part of the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibition program.

While the quilts are 24 years old, they are not dated, frayed or worn.  They represent all of the surface design and quilting techniques that fiber artists are refining and exploring to this day. These quilts burst with color and vibrancy – and the viewer can spend many enjoyable moments trying to figure out the card being represented.

Also on exhibition are the mixed media sculptures and wall hangings of Oceanside artist I.C. Simpson. Unknown Territory is the artist’s exploration of human creativity.  Simpson creates his work from everyday materials, primarily building materials.  The artist’s use of tarpaper connects his work to the museum’s fiber tradition.

The Pieced Canvas, featuring the color grid series of Maria Shell, Anchorage, Alaska, is also on display. These dynamic quilts are the artist’s contemporary interpretations of the traditional uneven nine patch block.

Reception: January 19, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. 

Venue Info:
Visions Art Museum
2825 Dewey Rd, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92106
United States