Friday Fibers Roundup: The Body (Uncanny Body / Formal Figure)
Lauren Sinner September 15, 2017
This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a variety of exhibitions, artwork, products, and interviews all dealing with issues surrounding how we treat and see our bodies.
1) The exhibition Intimate Lines: Drawing with Thread, curated by Carol Eckert, features 16 artists using a needle and thread like a pen to compose intensely personal stories and record intimate histories. The show is on display at the Hunterdon Art Museum (Clinton, New Jersey) from September 17th, 2017 through January 7th, 2018.
2) Hungarian artist Agnes Herczeg creates figural lace works of female forms, using natural materials, and incorporating small pieces of wood or other found materials to serve as a sculpture’s bed frame, hair accessory, floating vessel, or small shelf (via Colossal).
3) The Ta-Ta Towel, invented by Erin Robertson, is a revolutionary product that is like a scarf that ends in two cups which lift and hold the breast up while keeping them dry at the same time! (via Bored Panda).
4) “MoMA Announced Its First Fashion Exhibition After 73 Years” by Martina Todorovska previews the second ever fashion exhibition by the Museum of Modern Art (the first being Are Clothes Modern? in 1944). The exhibition is Items: Is Fashion Modern? and it opens October 1st, 2017 and will remain open until January 28th, 2018 (via Fashionisers).
5) “There is no reason why larger women can’t look just as fabulous as all other women” Tim Gunn says in this video critiquing the fashion system, model sizing, and why designers should create garments for a variety of sizes.
6) Curated by Ian Ruffino, Stitch focuses on the construction of a garment with the aesthetics of abstract painting. Artists in the exhibition include Polly Apfelbaum, Loiuse Bourgeois, Simon Fujiwara, Channing Hansen, Alana Iturralde, Ruth Laskey, Oscar Murillo, Paulina Olowska, Frances Trombly, and Brent Wadden. The show is on display August 22nd, 2017 through January 2nd, 2018 at The Beeler Gallery in Columbus, Ohio.
7) André Castro Vasconcelos creates spaces from clothing, using the vitruvian virtues, and focuses on working with material and shape. He defines what he creates as Architectural Installations: a mix of unavoidable dualities (inside / outside) and the subversion of the ‘vitruvian triad’ (beauty, utility and structure) (via Designboom).
8) The works in the exhibition Stranger Things evokes the uncanny body and highlight the high stakes of our attitudes toward human bodies. The show was on display at Outpost Artists Resources back in June-July, 2017 and a review can be read here, buy Rain Embuscado (via Hyperallergic).
9) The Jealous Curator has another interview podcast out, and this time it’s with embroidery artist Chris Roberts-Antieau.
10) “Illustrated Timeline Presents Women’s Fashion Every Year from 1784-1970” by Kelly Richman-Abdou presents a study of style and a glimpse into the history of fashion design and social pop culture of the time (via My Modern Met).