Luke, by admission, is fairly new to traditional quilt piecing and patterns. In this show, he has done several things that I think are brilliant: he has taken his expert method of constructing large portraiture and overlaid these onto large quilts, pieced in traditional methods, but using cloth from deconstructed, recycled clothing.
Each quilt uses a classic pose borrowed from well-known American paintings. The figures are appliqued onto the traditionally-pieced quilts. The effect is simply mesmerizing.
The use of a wide variety of cloth types and textures gives a very unique sensibility to the quilts. My first thought was that these quilts were as close to the look of the Gee's Bend quilts as anything I have seen.
He utilizes a huge, old American flag, deconstructed and re-pieced, to create an enormous, beautifully worn-looking textured quilt.
Please enjoy a few of the images I captured when my daughter Natalie and I visited the gallery.
Luke & Natalie in front of the deconstructed American flag
optical illusion quilt...on the wall
and on the bed