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Keeping Up Appearances

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Keeping up Appearances, 2013 Cotton Crochet Thread Dimensions Variable © Courtesy of the artist & The Nevada Museum of Art
Keeping Up Appearances

160 W. Liberty St
Reno, NV 89501
September 7th, 2013 - March 9th, 2014
Opening: September 7th, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.NevadaArt.org
COUNTRY:  
United States
EMAIL:  
art@nevadaart.org
PHONE:  
775.329.3333
OPEN HOURS:  
Wed,Fri-Sun 10-6; Thu 10-8
TAGS:  
crochet, installation

DESCRIPTION

Ashley Blalock fuses craft and fine art to create objects and site-specific installations inspired by everyday artifacts from the female domestic sphere. She uses the meditative process of crochet to explore themes of discomfort and coping mechanisms used to provide solace from the stress and trauma of modern life.

Blalock's site-specific installation, Keeping Up Appearances, consists of vibrant red forms nailed to the wall that are actually giant crochet doilies. Although non-threatening and quaint in a domestic setting, in the gallery and at this scale the forms overtake the viewer and cover the walls.