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American Folk Art Museum

Exhibition Detail
2 Lincoln Square
New York, NY 10023

October 1st, 2013 - January 5th, 2014
October 1st, 2013 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
[Iconography #7] Rags to Riches, Luke HaynesLuke Haynes, [Iconography #7] Rags to Riches,
2012, Sheets, blue jeans, dress clothing, and metallic thread , 90 x 90 in
© Courtesy of the artist & The American Folk Art Museum
upper west side
212. 595. 9533
Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun 10:30-5:30; Fri 11-7:30

This exhibition considers three contemporary artists who are inspired by the history and structure of American quilts but who are neither inhibited, constricted, nor defined by it. Sabrina Gschwandtner, Luke Haynes, and Stephen Sollins are keenly aware that a quilt’s very substance—its remnants, pieces, choices, geometries—is profoundly laden with meaning. They intentionally seek such emotional and retentive content in their work, oftentimes through ingenious techniques and by using unexpected materials such as 16mm film strips or used Tyvek envelopes. By purposefully reusing experiential elements with relevance to their own lives and times, they exploit the tension inherent in historical quilts between function and significance. The three artists are especially attracted to the rationality and precision of specific quilt patterns that often have illusive qualities—Tumbling Blocks, Log Cabin, Sunshine and Shadow, Double Wedding Ring—examples of which, from the museum’s collection, will also be on view.

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