John Hess

Woven Textiles

Optical Vibrations on White

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Optical Vibrations on White
Courage Under Fire - Fire station #6ChromasphereHieroglyphicsRed, White, BlueUndulariumJigsaw - S.L.C. Arts Council- Flying Objects 5Elliptical VariationsHexagoniaAuroraCopper VeilsIlluminationsGenerating StarsTangent DiamondsFlying Birds TapestryFLIGHT, S.L.C. Arts Council Flying Objects projectKinephantomRainbow ChrysalisRoundelaySky WavesUltraviolet4 Square ReversalAlhambraArabesqueCopper RiverEighteen EyesEllipseEmpyreanEoanthropus WebMetallic Folded FanMigrationMyth Tablet I PegasusMyth Tablet II UNICORNMyth Tablet III  RUNNING GAZELLESMyth Tablet IVMyth Tablet VMyth Tablet VIPrimordiaRecursive DiamondsSyntonyTangled WebTilted WavesWavetownSequenciaBlue Linear FoldsLyceumElliptical Mirrors20 Silver PathsYellow Linear FoldsContrariumTumbling BlocksConstellationsCubesDecoPompeiDiminishing / Expanding SquaresCircles in ReflectionBlue PathsFour Red PathsSilver PathsOptical Vibrations on BlackOptical Vibrations on White
Courage Under Fire - Fire station #6
Salt Lake City

Stainless steel figurative silhouettes mounted on 3 painted glass panels, with tile and concrete public seating.

Three section stainless steel and painted glass sculpture on public seating.
11'w x 6'h x 5'd
2014
Courage Under Fire - Fire station #6
Chromasphere
Salt Lake City

A three section woven wall sculpture commission with numerous color, line, and texture changes.Four layers are woven independently and cut acrylic inserts are placed in the bottom pockets for stability and the top layer is woven longer, so that it can be pushed back against bottom and raised in soft, dimensional folds. There is great variety in the dark/light color changes, with many linear changes in width and repetition.

Folded cotton triple weave
8.5'w x 7.5'h x 2"d
2017
Chromasphere
Hieroglyphics
Salt Lake City

Nine-section wall relief

Cotton / wool double weave, painted acrylic, reflective inserts
37.5" x 37.5" x 0.5"
2017
Red, White, Blue
Salt Lake City

Two weavings showing small loom controlled wool blocks of dark, light, and mix with advancing/receding shapes giving optical movement. There are painted horizontal dividing lines separating panels with position and color changes of loom woven motifs.

Wool, cotton pattern weave, metallic paint
26" x 42" x 0.5"
2018
Undularium
Salt Lake City

A complex woven relief with four layers woven independently, two for top layer and two for bottom layer, with cut acrylic shapes inserted into woven pockets. The top layer is woven longer than bottom layer and pushed back against bottom layer to get raised, dimensional folds.

Folded wool triple weave
36"w x 23"h x 2"d
2018
Jigsaw - S.L.C. Arts Council- Flying Objects 5
Salt Lake City

Each section with interconnected steel puzzle shapes, painted in cool colors interior and warm colors exterior.

3 sections, each with painted steel puzzle shapes.
Each section 4'w x 4'd
2017
Jigsaw - S.L.C. Arts Council- Flying Objects 5
Elliptical Variations
Salt Lake City

A folded, double woven weaving showing painted, elliptical shapes in various scale changes. A second image showing the two sections arranged as a Diptych.

Fabric paint on cotton/wool double weave
55" x 19.5" x 3"
2017
Hexagonia
Salt Lake City

A four block black/white wool double weave showing hexagons in various sizes, some are with simple painted hexagon outlines, while others are painted 3D illusions resembling metallic box shapes. Some of these have top entry boxes, while others have opposing front entry positions . There is a large center hexagon showing dk./lt. reversal lines creating optical vibrations.

Metallic paint on wool double weave
33" x 39" x 0.5"
2016
Aurora
Utah State Tax Commission, Salt Lake City

Folded, double woven cotton/rayon relief with internal acrylic supports mounted on suspension brackets.

Folded, two section cotton/rayon wall relief
11'w x 6'h x 8"d
1997
Aurora
Copper Veils
Magna Utah Library

A two section wall sculpture mounted on steel suspension brackets

Double woven, metallic wall sculpture, with inserts of mirrors, dichroic color-changing panels,copper foil, and resin pattern panels.
6'w x 12'h x 24"d
2010
Copper Veils
Illuminations
Salt Lake City

A pattern weaving displaying various geometrical figures moving through color and shape changes in a play of graphic dualities.

Fabric / metallic paint on a wool pattern weave.
30" x 46" x 0.5"
2016
Generating Stars
Salt Lake City

Stars with vibrating rays evolving through various color and size changes, giving a sense of luminous transformations. There are also circles going through size changes with connecting rays of light.

Fabric paint on cotton / wool pattern weave
31"w x 42"h x 0.5"d
2015
Generating Stars
Tangent Diamonds
Salt Lake City

Diamonds connecting point to point on circular backgrounds separated by three panels of 16 harness loom controlled pattern motifs, and each of the panels has a different woven pattern variation.

Fabric paint on cotton pattern weave
27"w x 38"h x 0.5"d
2015
Tangent Diamonds
Flying Birds Tapestry
Riverton Senior Center, Utah

A four section metallic twill sculpture mounted on wood backings, and showing a variety of painted birds and an array of painted geometrical figures.

Metallic twill, painted birds and geometrics
19'w x 4'h x 4"d
2011
Flying Birds Tapestry
FLIGHT, S.L.C. Arts Council Flying Objects project
Salt Lake City

Three section painted steel winged sculpture, showing dimension and color change, mounted on horizontal suspension rods

Painted Steel wings
Each of three about 3.5' w x 2'd
2006
FLIGHT, S.L.C. Arts Council Flying Objects project
Kinephantom
Salt Lake City

A double weave, where two layers are woven independently and in the open pocket between the two, cut acrylic shapes are inserted for stability when folded .

Folded, double woven wool relief.
38"w x 24"h x 4"d
2004
Kinephantom
Rainbow Chrysalis
West Jordan, Utah Third District Court

Now, in new location in West Jordon, a five section wool weaving, with each on 5 different floors. The picture shown is in one long, vertical section at the first location at the Third District court in Sandy, Utah

Folded, double woven cotton/wool wall relief
5'w x 25'h x 10"d
1992
Rainbow Chrysalis
Roundelay
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City

A folded triple weave with two half circles containing painted aluminum spokes separated by a blue curvilinear woven band containing bronze metal yarn half circles.

Rayon and cotton triple weave
5.5'w x 12.5'h x 4"d
2002
Roundelay
Sky Waves
College of Eastern Utah Union Building, now under Utah State University

Six suspended groupings of silver prisms in various lengths along length of Union Bldg. each with painted and clear acrylic panels with chromatic changing mylar strips.

Double woven silver metallic yarns, painted and clear acrylic panels with mylar reflective strips.
Each suspended grouping of silver prisms 7' - 11'w x 2' - 8'h x 3' - 5'd
1999
Sky Waves
Ultraviolet
Utah State Tax Commission, Salt Lake City

A five section mixed media wall sculpture with painted 3D illusions, woven rayon panels, silver leaf inserts, a corner panel with a cotton optically woven pattern and all mounted on a painted wood backing .

Cotton and rayon double weave,paint and silver leaf.
26'w x 4'h x 3"d .
1996
Ultraviolet
4 Square Reversal
Salt Lake City

A five block pattern weave with a dark blue/ warm color reversal in size and outlines at a center dividing line, witha ring size and number change.

Painted metallic rings on a cotton/wool pattern weave.
31.5"w x 25"h x .5"d
2016
Alhambra
Salt Lake City

Fabric paint on twill weave depicting similar Moorish patterns found in the Alhambra, Spain

Fabric paint on metallic and wool twill yarns
24.5"w x 37"h x .5"d
2012
Arabesque
Salt Lake City

A folded, four section wall relief, mounted to a painted canvas backing with a copper, metal mesh surface.

Woven cotton pattern panels, metal mesh, painted circular canvas patterns.
Four sections, each 24"w x 12"h x 3"d.
2012
Arabesque
Copper River
Salt Lake City

A weaving suggesting flowing water with orange painted strips surrounding blue/green swimming water creatures, and including other elliptical shaped swimming forms.

Painted canvas strips and fabric paint on a four block wool double weave twill.
32"w x 42.5'h x .75"d
2016
Eighteen Eyes
Salt Lake City

I cut templates to mark patterns on the woven cloth, paint surfaces with various metallic paints and laminate painted metallic discs to the woven surface. I make the discs by pouring a mix of Plaster of Paris and water into molds, remove after dry, then sand and paint the discs with metallic paint.

Metallic paint,metallic painted discs on folded cotton double weave.
46"w x 23"h x 1"d
2014
Ellipse
Salt Lake City

A painted twill weaving with elliptical shaped forms in a chromatic progression of hues.

Fabric paint on cotton twill weave
36"w x 41"h x 1"d
2015
Ellipse
Empyrean
Salt Lake City

A wool twill tapestry depicting organically moving images connecting one panel to the next, with colors and shapes revolving/evolving around each other in implied circular shapes

A three panel wool twill tapestry
30"w x 12' h x 2"d
2014
Empyrean
Eoanthropus Web
Salt Lake City

A five block weave showing a dark blue elliptical shape, in a lighter orange/ yellow background band, as the first light of day, thus the title, Eoanthropus, The Dawn Man . Pattern blocks, on top and bottom of the weaving, shift the five block motif into different positions and color..

Fabric paint on wool pattern weave
32"w x 28"h x 1"d
2017
Metallic Folded Fan
Salt Lake City

A fan shaped metallic, double woven wall relief, with top half section in deep gold, brown and blue metallic yarns and bottom half section in deep blues with warm centered pattern band. Cut acrylic shapes inserted into double woven pockets for stability.

Double woven Metallic yarns
3.5'w to 2'w bottom x 2.5'h x 2"d
2012
Metallic Folded Fan
Migration
Salt Lake City
2018
Migration
Myth Tablet I Pegasus
Salt Lake City

I’ve done 6 myth weavings. I like the fantasy of the images.This one, the Flying Horse, is fabric paint on cotton double weave, which has 2 layers woven independently and folded. I like the vibrant painted yellow horse against the diagonal stripes and the dark/light woven reversals, top and bottom.

Fabric paint on cotton double weave
2016
Myth Tablet II UNICORN
Salt Lake City

A warm painted cotton Unicorn against blue painted diagonal stripes and folded blue wool bands top and bottom. I like the chromatic contrast between cool background and the warm image to intensify the figure.

Painted cotton/wool double weave
2016
Myth Tablet III  RUNNING GAZELLES
Salt Lake City

Two gazelles painted in a warm/cool contrast, running over a flowing warm background, with folded, double woven bands top and bottom. The top gazelle is blue with painted red dots for strong color contrast and the bottom gazelle is a compliment, in deep reds with light painted markings. The gesture of running in opposite directions gives a feeling of motion.

Fabric paint,cotton double weave
2016
Myth Tablet IV
Salt Lake City

I like using mirrored shapes, as in the plant birds and the color and scale of top animals. I cut out templates from originals and trace around outline on the fabric.

Fabric paint on folded cotton twill weave, with raised metallic dots in various sizes painted on the the fabric
2016
Myth Tablet V
Salt Lake City
2018
Myth Tablet VI
Salt Lake City
2018
Primordia
Salt Lake City

A cellular painted weaving with flowing circular forms divided by light yellow wool pattern bands, suggestions the genesis of early organic forms.

Fabric paint on a wool five block pattern weave
31"w x 33.5"h x 1"d
2016
Recursive Diamonds
Salt Lake City

Dark blue and white painted diamonds touching each other in a graphic play of scale changes and optical illusions.

Painted canvas on a five block wool twill pattern weave
32"w x 41"h x .75"d
2016
Syntony
Salt Lake City

Woven color changes in a two block pattern weave, with painted circular, elliptical and triangular shaped images in alternating blocks.

Fabric paint on a twill block weave
36"w x 43"h x 1"d
2012
Syntony
Tangled Web
Salt Lake City

A graphic assortment of circular and elliptical shapes in diminishing/expanding forms crossing over to connect to adjacent shapes with bold chromatic changes.

Fabric paint on twill weave
53"w x 25"h x .75"d
2017
Tilted Waves
Salt Lake City
2018
Tilted Waves
Wavetown
Salt Lake City

A five block pattern weave with painted metallic hoizontal waves. This weave gives you the options of moving small to large square pattern blocks of color to different positions on the fabric.

Paint on pattern weave
28"w x 22"h x .5"d
2016
Wavetown
Sequencia
Salt Lake City

A folded, double woven relief with raised pockets to receive painted round rods in Blues & Sienna Browns, and various horizontal twill pattern bands.

Wool, double weave twill with 1/4 inches round rods
36"w with rods, 28"w woven fabric only x 31"h x 3.5"d
2014
Blue Linear Folds
Salt Lake City

A folded double weave with cut, acrylic panels inserted into double woven pockets.

Cotton double weave
20"w x 24"h x 3"d
2016
Lyceum
Salt Lake City
2018
Lyceum
Elliptical Mirrors
Salt Lake City

Folded relief showing various elliptical shapes mirrored on a center line in contrasting,complimentary colors.

Fabric paint on cotton/wool double weave
19.5"w x 25"h x 1.5"d
2016
20 Silver Paths
Salt Lake City
2018
20 Silver Paths
Yellow Linear Folds
Salt Lake City

A folded double weave with cut acrylic panels inserted into double woven pockets.

Cotton double weave.
20"w x 24"h x 3"d
2016
Contrarium
Salt Lake City
2018
Contrarium
Tumbling Blocks
Simon Transportation Headquarters

Tumbling blocks is a reference to the quilt pattern, named Tumbling Blocks. These woven and painted blocks are a 3d illusion, while the diamond shaped centers are woven in cotton optical patterns. The large triangular shapes and smaller triangles are painted black to give both direction and an inward visual pointing emphasis. The two section weaving is mounted on a wood backing and painted with the triangular images.

Cotton/rayon pattern weaving and paint on wood
13'w x 4'h x 3"d
1998
Tumbling Blocks
Constellations
Salt Lake City
1991
Cubes
Salt Lake City
2018
Cubes
Deco
Salt Lake City
2018
Deco
Pompei
Salt Lake City

A band of repeating double woven cotton patterns separating a pyramid of painted, rising and receding step patterns leading to an enclosed box painted with emerging mythological animals. At opposite end, an illusionary 3D form and an elongated box with more step patterns and other mythological animals emerging. This is a two section work, with the 2nd section wrapping around the corner wall creating similar motifs. The top, culminating in a painted spiraling motif, signifying the dominant sun centered overseer.

Cotton double weave, paint on wood backing
2010
Pompei
Diminishing / Expanding Squares
Salt Lake City

Painted square images in size and color changes with various graphic details and separated by loom woven pattern bands.

Fabric paint on cotton twill weave
27"w x 41.5"h x .75"d
2015
Circles in Reflection
Salt Lake City

Red and green circular shapes mirrored on a centered loom woven pattern of repeating circle motifs and large half circular forms bordering center loom woven circles.

Fabric paint on a twill weave.
27"w x 43.5"h x .5"d
2015
Blue Paths
Salt Lake City
2018
Blue Paths
Four Red Paths
Salt Lake City
2018
Four Red Paths
Silver Paths
Salt Lake City
2018
Silver Paths
Optical Vibrations on Black
Salt Lake City
2018
Optical Vibrations on Black
Optical Vibrations on White
Salt Lake City
2018
Optical Vibrations on White