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J Carpenter

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20110212190721-live_wires
Live Wires, 2010 Nylon Rope 12' X 10' X 12'
20110212191348-live_wires_detail
Live Wires, detail, 2010 Nylon Rope 12' X 10' X 12'
20110212191535-live_wires_detail_2
Live Wires, detail, 2010 Nylon Rope 12' X 10' X 12'
20110215150550-adrift
Adrift, 2010 Handmade Lace, Latex Balloons 8' X 4' X 1'
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The Exquisite Frost, 2009 Handmade Lace 36" X 40" X 36"
Carpenter__j_12__the_exquisite_frost__detail
The Exquisite Frost, detail, 2009 Handmade Lace 36" X 40" X 36"
Carpenter__j_06__house_in_black_lace
House in Black Lace, 2010 Handmade Lace 10" X 8" X 6"
Carpenter__j_08__house_in_black_lace__detail_2
House in Black Lace, detail, 2010 Handmade Lace 10" X 8" X 6"
Carpenter__j_07__house_in_black_lace__detail
House in Black lace, detail, 2010 Handmade Lace 10" X 8" X 6"
20110212191858-she_slept
She Slept, 2007 Embroidery on Canvas 18" X 5"
20110212192114-she_slept_detail
She Slept, detail, 2007 Embroidery on Canvas 18" X 5"
20110212193037-_mg_9435
And never stops at all, 2010 Collograph 22" X 12"
20110212200338-twin_umbrellas_2
And never stops at all 2, And never stops at all 3, 2010 Collograph 12" X 12" Each
20110212200540-little_red
Rosette, 2010 Handmade Lace 8" X 5" X 5"
20110213144349-of_the_evening
Of the Evening 1, Of the Evening 2, 2007 Embroidery on Canvas 5" X 8" Each
20110213144557-13_born_under_glass_3
Born Under Glass 3, 2010 Embroidery on Paper 16" X 22"
Quick Facts
Lives in
Jersey City
Works in
New York
Tags
mixed-media, installation, conceptual, sculpture, exhibition/performance
Statement

I render symbols of protection using lace that I make by hand, sometimes with traditional thread, other times with industrial materials such as rope and steel.  I do so in order to examine traditional ideals concerning home, safety, and security.  I am also interested in honoring a traditional female craft, usually done in private, by making it public.

The work juxtaposes perceived fragility of the objects with subject matter that represents strength and protection.  These objects do not provide shelter, but rather offer intricate arrays of light and shadow and, in the case of outdoor sculpture, a new framework from which to view the landscape.