She’s Crafty…and So Is He SometimesMay 3–June 9, 2002 320 West 13th Street
She’s crafty… and so is he sometimes presents a group of emerging artists who are innovating craft and breaking down the hierarchy between the precious and the commonplace. Using traditionally conventional techniques such as embroidery, latchhook, and quilting, these artists explore a wide range of subject matter with great humor and attention to beauty.
Inspired by Pennsylvania Dutch metal work found at roadside gift shops, Wes Lang hammers copper sheets into depictions of record albums, advertisements, television shows and 1970s vacation souvenirs. Rob Conger addresses issues of business, state-run lotteries and finance in detailed latch hook rugs. In this
exhibition, Conger will present two large portraits of Alan Greenspan. Using straws, pipe cleaners, and the lost art of quilling (the craft of paper-curling and scrolling practiced as far back as Ancient Egypt), Kirsten Hassenfeld creates jeweled landscapes of precious gemstone-like formations that depict places where
fantasy and consumer desire become tangible. Tucker Schwarz’s meditations of the northern California roadside between San Francisco and Marin are depicted as minimal landscapes in thread sewn onto unstretched canvas. To Los Angeles based artist Rory Wilson, the 45 degree angles and straight lines of needlepoint make it the perfect medium to map the subway systems of modern metropolises. By utilizing store-bought books and tools designed for kiddie crafts, Kimberely Hart’s kitchy and fanciful creations
reference a child’s intuitive capacity for fantasy and play. Tom Fruin creates quilts by sewing together drug baggies found in housing projects and parks.
About the curator: Christina Davis is CEO of trim NYC, a sales and public relations showroom focusing on emerging fashion design talent. She was the director at Sara Meltzer Gallery in New York from 1998 -2001, and had previously interned at the International Center for Photography, The Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris, Artists Space, Cristinerose Gallery, and London’s Laurent Delaye Gallery. Additionally, she has served on benefit and event committees at Artists Space and White Columns. Other exhibitions Davis has curated include 3x3x3 (with Mary Kay Lombino and Rhonda Howard) at L.A.’s Dollhouse Gallery, and Endless: Space and Form in Emerging Art at the Rathbone Gallery at the Junior College of Albany.
This exhibition will run concurrently with White Room exhibitions by Russell Nachman and Kim Collmer.
Opening Reception: Friday May 3, 7 – 9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6 p.m.
For more information, please contact the gallery at 212.924.4212.