Stitch by Stitch
will examine how numerous contemporary artists, ranging from the well-established to emerging, reference a wide variety of textiles, as well as the specific techniques involved in their creation. The artists featured in this show include Alighiero E. Boetti, Christine Bourdette, Louise Bourgeois, Lou Cabeen, Robert Calvo, Lesley Dill, Dinh Q. Le,
Katherine Nelson, Mark Newport, Mark R. Smith, Libby Wadsworth
and Rob Wynne
. These artists often utilize traditional methods such as embroidery, needlepoint, crochet, knitting, quilting or beading in the creation of their work, but the end result is anything but traditional.
While some of the textiles referenced in the exhibition are actually machine-made, in the hands of these artists they are transformed into unique, obsessively executed, individual works - such as Dinh Q. Le's white-on-white embroidery on damask fabric made in his native Vietnam.
Some works in the exhibition are associated with painting but deny and reject the formality of paint, canvas and stretcher by insisting on the softness, malleability and dimensionality of materials - such as Mark R. Smith's vinyl constructions stuffed with colorful clothing.