© Margo Allman. Photograph and digital image © Delaware Art Museum. Not for reproduction or publication.
Black Herculon Assemblages
Date: 1976
Medium: Fiber
Dimensions: Overall dimensions vary
Credit Line: Gift of the artist, 2015
Object Number: 2015-76
About: Through the summer and fall months of 1975, Margo Allman crocheted Black Herculon Assemblages using olefin yarn donated to the artist by the chemical corporation, Hercules Inc. and texturized by the Kennett Square–based textile producer, Kennetex Inc. The yarn is best known for its durability, colorfastness, and strength, and is an example of industrially produced synthetic materials used for artistic purposes in the 1970s. Allman explains that the “essential nature of this crocheted piece was the repetition of a simple single stitch which was both a rhythmic and meditative experience.” Originally composed of 75 forms, the modular sculpture has been displayed in numerous different configurations. The piece served as inspiration and prop for New York choreographer Robert Small’s Night of the Four Moons, which premiered at the University of Delaware in February 1978.
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