Work by Emily Oliveira exhibited at Millerton | Visual arts | Hudson Valley

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  • Listening bowl with reclining character by Emily Oliveira

On view until April 8 on Geary Gallery in Millerton is “Red Velvet, Orange Crush”, an exhibition of works by interdisciplinary artist Emily Oliveira.

Based in Brooklyn, Oliveira is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA candidate at Yale. Her work “frames textile work as an act of devotion, a process of fusing disparate fibers into a unified and interdependent whole, of piercing the veil between realities”. Oliveira has exhibited and performed at venues such as Vox Populi, Wave Hill, BRIC, Paradice Palace, SOHO20, Ars Nova and others.

Oliveira’s new collection of sculptural and quilted works, “Red Velvet, Orange Crush”, “capture[s] times when the veil between worlds thins and opens, and cosmic phenomena descend upon Earth,” reads a mission statement. “The textile works in the exhibition take the form of mouth-facial ovals: these precipices and portals recall the moments before a character enters something totally new; the rippling sensation of a world that is about to change.

The exhibit includes two large quilts made from hand-dyed cotton and cyanotype (a photogram process invented by a 19th-century astronomer used to document plant life) on silk. Stitching on quilts creates lines that evoke moments of movement or touch and appear to ripple outward.

The Geary Gallery in Millerton is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. (The gallery also has a location in New York). For more information, call (732) 838-4511 or visit the website.