Leave it to the country that invented origami to completely transform how we view fabric. "Fiber Futures: Japan’s Textile Pioneers" explores the mind-bending world of extreme textile making, an emergent aesthetic movement that combines artisanal craft with modern developments such as microfilaments and recycled materials. In general, the mediums are remarkable -- snippets of antique paper, cocoons taken directly from silk factories, delicate gauzes spun from stainless steel fibers -- but it is the arresting structures and observable flights of fancy that make this young artform worthy of two distinct shows. "Fiber Futures x2," which begins in the fall, promises to highlight achromatic subtleties, while the recently opened "x1" is an explosion of color: Chemical pulp forms yolk-yellow chrysalides that cling to a wall, a small hemp temple endeavors to teach us the architecture of red, a pale blue cascade gives body to the spirit of mulberry fiber, a curtain of silk sea flowers undulates with shifting light, a golden screen of aluminum and polyphenylene sulfide holds fire captive, and a torrent of cotton waffle-weave elicits a craving for whipped cream. If you’re looking for the easy comfort of quilts, this is not your textile show.
Wednesdays-Saturdays; Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Aug. 8. Continues through Dec. 1, 2012