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 \;AndrewShire Gallery presents The Horror of Tradition\, a group exhibition by artists Sophia Allison\, Robert Fontenot\, Starlie Geikie\, Evelyn Serrano and Liz Young whose idea-driven artworks carry the memory and materiality of tradit ional needlecraft practices such as hand sewing and embroidery. \;

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The exhibition will consist of works that show how needlecraft traditio n has attained presence and conceptual reading in the contemporary art obje ct. \; Nearly 20\,000 years ago\, clothing\, shelters\, boats and other functional items were produced by using delicate sewing needles made of bo ne and thread fashioned from plant or animal fibers. \; Sewing was also used to decorate articles that conveyed values and beliefs. \; Argumen ts emerged that countered how art and philosophy fitted to craft or fabrica tion technique. \; In the later half of the 20th Century\, c onceptual art worldwide\, which had become more concerned with the ideas ha unting the art object than with its materials or craft\, started to reexami ne fossilizing practices like needlecraft. \; This show pursues a few r ecent needlecraft applications.

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Sophia Allison mak es wrestling masks and capes from pantyhose\, toilet paper wrappers\, sanit ary napkins\, envelops\, felt and fabric. \; In addition to these sewn physical structures\, Allison also sews over her paintings. \; Red Luchador with Flora Pattern is an acrylic\, enamel and thread portrait of a Mexican wrestler on watercolor paper. \; The addition of thread f oliage sewn into the surface of the painting diffuses the intensity of the tough-looking wrestler\, while it activates a newer psychological condition .

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Robert Fontenot filters his ideas for the series titled The Dictionary of Earthly Delights through hand-embroidere d words on cotton\, linen and silk. \; The emotional immediacy imparted by these small samplers enhances both language and idea. \; In another Fontenot piece titled America the bu-tee-fide\, a batter ed American flag is covered with cheerful foliated fabric and cotton flower appliqué\;s in an attempt to charm us from its shreds\, tears and st ains\, and to help us forget troubled or unlucky times. \;

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Starlie Geikie's needlework is not to be taken lightly\; she c omes from a very long line of needlewomen going back for generations. \ ; The Melbourne native makes embroidered images of female actors in their p eak cinematic moments of anxiety as shown in Hollywood horror films. \; The work explores Hollywood's production of vulnerability and fear in the stereotypical female as victim. \; Works like Carrie offer a g limpse into how historical pre-Freudian gender rolls still linger in contem porary society. \;

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Evelyn Serrano tours the lo cation near her upcoming exhibition seeking a homeless person from whom to buy a shirt. \; She photo-documents the transaction then modifies the s hirt using an iconic artwork as the centerpiece. \; The design is hand embroidered on the shirt's fabric using the time-honored needle-and-thread process which ties her idea to traditional practice. \; The work bears on the human body as a site for social exchange and accountability in the f ace of ongoing hope and injustice.

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Liz Young creat es images of farmland pests that have been sewn to magazine covers. \; The covers depict the illustrated pest's coveted farm or field. \; In a nother work\, an upside down vintage American flag signals distress\; the t error is amplified by Young's use of needle-crafted birds shown flying in f ear with their threads dangling and dripping down the front of the flag.&nb sp\; Young also offers paper archery targets with black thread outline draw ings of hunted forest animals sewn into them.

DTEND:20080906 DTSTAMP:20140820T194700 DTSTART:20080731 GEO:34.0821315;-118.3826225 LOCATION:CMay Gallery\,8687 Melrose Ave. Space B226\nWest Hollywood\, CA 90 069 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:The Horror of Tradition\, Sophia Allison\, Robert Fontenot\, Starli e Geikie\, Evelyn Serrano\, Liz Young UID:23232 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20080731T210000 DTSTAMP:20140820T194700 DTSTART:20080731T180000 GEO:34.0821315;-118.3826225 LOCATION:CMay Gallery\,8687 Melrose Ave. Space B226\nWest Hollywood\, CA 90 069 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:The Horror of Tradition\, Sophia Allison\, Robert Fontenot\, Starli e Geikie\, Evelyn Serrano\, Liz Young UID:23233 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR