Monday, 5 December 2011
Danny Mansmith I
I am beginning to wonder what is in the water in Chicago that this city is making all these incredible male textile artists. Ok, I only know of two so far in Chicago, but even so their work is so phenomenal, that the fact they are both from the same city is astounding. I am talking about the artist Danny Mansmith who shares his city with one of my hero's Nick Cave. Stitching 10 hours a day by the time he left high school, Danny naturally went to art school but this was short lived as it was too constraining. Danny's work is so prolific it is difficult to summarise, the few examples I have chosen are free machine embroidery pieces, resembling sashiko in the intensity of stitch. Danny also produces lots of cut out pieces and an amazing cast of figures/dolls.