• 9 February 2023 7:50

Gyöngy Laky: Screwing with Order Assembled art, actions and creative practice

Italiano (Italian)

Publisher: Arnoldsche (July 11, 2022)
Language: English
Hardcover: 328 pages
Dimensions: 25.8 x 2.9 x 28.7 cm

By: Tom Grotta (Editor), Rhonda Brown (Editor), with contributions by Mija Riedel, and David M. Roth and a foreword by Jim Melchert

The first comprehensive monograph on the work of this exceptional artist; Screwing With Order explores the foundations of the Fiber Art movement in America.

Studio visit Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California, 2014 Photo Tom Grotta
Pages 184-185. That Word, 1989 Orchard prunings, 96” x 48” x 13’ 14th International Tapestry Biennial, Lausanne, Switzerland Collection US District Court, Northern District of California Historical Society, Philip Burton Federal Courthouse, San Francisco, California, Photo Georg Rehsteiner

Designed by Tom Grotta, with text edit assistance from Laky and Rhonda Brown, and featuring Tom’s photography and that of several other photographers, the book examines the career of renowned textile artist and sculptor Gyöngy Laky from three perspectives. First, is Laky’s personal story of immigration and education narrated by arts and culture writer, Mija Reidel. Second, is an assessment of the evolution and impetus for Laky’s artwork by David M. Roth, editor and publisher of Squarecylinder, a San Francisco Bay Area online visual art magazine. Third, are images of forms, vessels and wall works, 249 pages, divided into seven sections: Drawings in Air, Grids, Vessels, Words & Letters, Signs & Symbols, Site Installations, and Abstractions.

Pages 94-95. Detail: Natura Facit Saltum, 2011, pp. 170-171, Photo Tom Grotta
Tractor Installation Protest: Naught for Naught, p. 274-277*

Renowned American textile artist and sculptor Gyöngy Laky (b. 1944) was once described as a “wood whisperer.” Her highly individual, puzzle-like assemblages of timber and textiles helped to significantly propel the growth of the contemporary fiber-arts movement.

Laky’s art traverses an extraordinary personal story: Born amid the bombings of World War II, she escaped from post-war, Soviet-dominated Hungary; a sponsorship from a family in Ohio, grade school in Oklahoma, and a course of study at the University of California, Berkeley, followed, before founding Fiberworks Center for Textile Arts in the 1970s and fostering innovations as a professor at the University of California, Davis.
The publication Screwing with Order provides insight into her studio practice, activism, and teaching philosophy, which champions sustainable art and design, original thinking, and the value of the unexpected.

Pages 200-201. Globalization III: Red Ink, 2005 Ash branches, commercial wood, paint, bullets for building (screws), 32”x 97”x 4”, Photo Bob Hsiang
Page 117. Less Than Yesterday, 1993 London planetree, electrical wire, 14” x 22” x 20” Collection Sandra and Lou Grotta, Photo Tom Grotta