Dare to Wear: Art as Fashion
August 18 – December 8, 2013
explores the intersection of artwork and body adornment. The artists and designers featured in the exhibition consider how the shape, form and scale of jewelry and garments relate to the body. The pieces are technically wearable, but because of their sculptural quality they might be considered radical for daily attire. Brandon Holschuh’s jewelry pieces are reminiscent of geological or biological specimens and are showcased as small sculptures when they are not being worn. Intrigued by the fact that Queen Elizabeth I wore very large garments in order to make herself the most visually dominant person in the room, Jesse Mathes’s wearable sculptures create physical boundaries between the wearer and viewer. Thomas Horst uses a sculptural approach to fashion layers of felt made from hand-carded wool into garments that flow with body movement. Working in silver using traditional techniques, Donna Veverka produces edgy jewelry inspired by history and architecture. The artists of The Paper-Cut-Project, fashion editor Amy Flurry and style blogger Nikki Nye, create paper sculptures and wigs that are fueled by a love of fashion and an appreciation of the grace of the humble material of paper. Ian Henderson uses repurposed electronics materials such as aluminum grounding wire and rubber insulation sheathing to create jewelry that is evocative of sea creatures, plants, and insect parts.
This exhibition is made possible by the generous funding from Mr. Marc Olivié and Ms. Marleen De Bode Olivié, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Hart and the Edward Swift Shorter Bequest Fund.