Arts preview: “Sue Cavanaugh: Gathering III”


By Jesse Tigges


When perusing the myriad of events happening at this weekend Franklinton Fridays event, make sure to stop by 400 West Rich’s Promenade Gallery to see Sue Cavanaugh’s massive and striking installations. Cavanaugh’s centerpieces for “Gathering III” are three installations using 35-foot parachutes (pictured), as well as reconfiguring previous installations into compositions that will flow off  the walls and take advantage of this space inside the 100-plus year-old former factory.

The parachute pieces have been painted and patterned to create the aesthetic of water, as Cavanaugh was inspired by the idea of the river — the quirky lines of a river bank or an island in a river, the movement and swirls of a river or something floating in a river. The result is massive, flowing pieces running through the hallways and ceilings. Other installations and pieces incorporate found objects, as well as cloth, cord, dye, paint and occasionally wood and wire to produce quite large and mesmerizing works. 400 West Rich will be open from 7-11 p.m. Friday.

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