Arroyo Arts Collective and 18th Street Arts Center present Yarn Bombing 18th in and around the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, California on June 18th, 6-10pm as part of the 18th St. Artnight. The knit graffiti installations will remain in public view until July 8th, 2011.
If you have ever thought to yourself, “Hey, that tree could use a sweater”, or “I wish I could add some color to this drab environment”, or “Wouldn’t it be great to cover the riffle in that old statue with something soft & fuzzy” then we have an exhibit for you!... The act of Yarn Bombing combines the art of street installation with needlework to create colorful, unexpected, funny and sometimes political messages in a venue shared by everyone. From handmade parking meter cozys to whimsical vignettes of crocheted sparrows fighting over french-fries, knit work raising questions about technology to unraveling performances about memory or crochet that demonstrates hyperbolic geometry theories in 3-D, Yarn Bombing 18th presents the work of over 50 individuals that push the knit/crochet envelope in public art format.
Organized by Arzu Arda Kosar, an artist in residence at the 18th Street Arts Center, and Heather Hoggan, Co-president of the Arroyo Arts Collective, Yarn Bombing 18th juxtaposes “serious” artists and novice crafters, craft and fine art, high brow art and low art and also widens the contemporary description of “street art” beyond the young, male, hardcore, “the back streets of New York circa 80’s” stereotype.
A snapshot of the stitch n bitch meetings that led to Yarn Bombing 18thcan be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwueVd0ljlw. For more information on the project please visit http://yarnbombing18th.weebly.com/.