Smoky Town

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    Photo: Gamma One Conversions
1999
Fabric, clothing, rubber tire, corrugated tin, rope carpet, staples, nails, spray paint, and enamel on wood
46.5 x 48 inches
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The origins of Dial’s quilt-­based works go way back. Long before he met the quilters of Gee’s Bend, he had been familiar with quilts and fabric.

The origins of Dial’s quilt-­based works go way back. Long before he met the quilters of Gee’s Bend, he had been familiar with quilts and fabric. Dial’s great ­aunt Sarah Dial Lockett, who raised him and then lived next door to him during the last decades of her life, pieced quilts along with other women in the neighborhood where he grew up. For more than ten years, Dial has been incorporating cloth into many of his works and making art that remembers quilts in different ways. Clothes Factory (1995) honors his great­ aunt. Later works like Birmingham News (1997) and Smoky Town (1999) utilize cloth and other found and altered materials in quiltlike piecework compositions. —Bernard L. Herman