The Eye of the Needle
Knitted and embroidered artworks with a conceptual twist have made Elaine Reichek's artwork the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, The Jewish Museum of New York, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and other international venues.
The Boca Museum of Art presents an elegant exhibition focusing on the period of Reichek's art dating from 1972 to 1995. This body of work addresses the translation, and mis-translation, of artifacts from outside cultures and colonizers. Reichek finds, enlarges, and colors ethnographic and architectural photographs, pairing them with her own hand-knitted interpretations. Photographs of teepees, ceremonial dress, and others are juxtaposed with knitted forms that mimic the images found in them.
The use of knitting and embroidery (often denigrated as simply craft), rather than the usual art materials to produce contemporary art, is central to Reichek’s work. As she says, “the meaning of an artwork is always bound up with its media and processes and their history.”