Stitches: EPK

When 11 Apr 2010 - 13 Jun 2010
Where Armory Center for the Arts - Caldwell Gallery
145 N. Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
United States
Enquiry 626-792-5101

Dinh Q Le, Untitled, 2008. C-print and linen tape.  Courtesy of the artist and P.P.O.W. NY

April 11 – June 6 2010

Press Release:

The Armory Center for the Arts presents Stitches, a group exhibition exploring contemporary art approaches to the techniques of sewing, knitting and weaving. Participating artists include Jane Brucker, Lauren DiCioccio, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, Ruby Osorio, Titus Kaphar, Nuttaphol Ma, Ulrike Palmbach, Maria E. Pineres, Dinh Q. Le, Jim Richards, Elias Sime, and Nicola Vruwink. The exhibition will include two dimensional and freestanding sculptural works as well as large scale site-specific installations.

Previously exploring art deconstructed through cutting in her 2009 exhibition Under the Knife, Finnerty-Pyne now explores construction through various forms of stitching. From sewing to knitting, crocheting and weaving, Stitches highlights the visions and practices of twelve culturally diverse artists working with principles and applications inspired by craft, textile, and fiber art. The exhibiting artists share an unconventional approach to these versatile and often obsessive art forms by creating process and material-based works utilizing substances ranging from yarn and thread, to found objects and recycled clothing.

Stitches aims to illustrate the sophistication and complexity of work that has evolved out of the twenty-first century global curiosity with domestic practice – in some cases, descended from feminist practice in the last part of the twentieth century. The work in the exhibition stands in contrast to concurrent fascinations with slick fabricated and computer generated works. In a world where mass-production seems to have peaked, these artists, both male and female, embrace these once antiquated and homespun techniques and experiment with how far they can push them physically, metaphorically, and conceptually.

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