A Curious Thread

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Matriarch, 2009 Mixed Media 7' X 3' X 3' © courtesy of the artist and Cuchifritos gallery and project space
A Curious Thread
Curated by: DTL Projects

120 Essex Street
inside Essex Street Market
New York, NY 10002
September 18th, 2010 - October 30th, 2010
Opening: September 18th, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

east village/lower east side
Tues-Sun from 12-6pm


Cuchifritos Gallery and Project Space is pleased to announce A Curious Thread, curated by DTL Projects, a collective initiative by contemporary art curators. This group exhibition, the debut presentation by DLT projects, offers the work of five emerging artists, selected and brought together by DTL Projects, who collectively argue for new, post-ironic 21st century romanticism.

Focusing on the agency gained by artists in the studio, A Curious Thread explores the development of a new movement – one that reinvents and redefines a previously out-of-fashion, well-trodden trope.

The works reference domestic spaces, materials, and actions via media, concept, and construction. Each artist alludes to some element of childhood, craft, or memory and, through re-imagining or re-purposing their media, encourages viewers to enter into an altered reality or illusion: i.e. “fall down the rabbit hole."

James Weingrod's self-illuminating grandfather clock, Max Glaser’s fragmented wood and mirror constructions, and Maria Jose Duran’s yarn shelters mediate and explore transcendent icons of children’s stories: the looking glass from Alice in Wonderland and the grandfather clock from The Nutcracker. Lori Merhige’s installation, Matriarch, explores family mythology and personal narrative through a reconsideration of a family heirloom – her grandmother’s embroidery – repositioning it as part of a larger installation driven by loss and reconciliation.

The artists in A Curious Thread are participating in or are recent graduates of M.F.A. programs in New York City.

A Curious Thread connects to the area’s history of production and craftsmanship. Merhige’s grandmother grew up on the Lower East Side, working as a seamstress there, and Merhige’s work offers a modern interpretation of that legacy. Glazer, Pnini, Duran, and Weingrod, while not immediately connected to the area, offer work that is informed by the hand-made, tactile aspects of craft.

Juxtaposed with the bustling theatre of Essex Market, a reminder of the origins of the Lower East Side, A Curious Thread harkens back to a previous era, when the buildings of the Lower East Side were home to factories and tenements, life played out between both public and private spheres, and the economy of the area included textiles, furniture makers, and theaters.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public. Cuchifritos gallery and project space is handicapped accessible.

DTL | Projects is a collective initiative by contemporary art curators Diane Vivona, Tara Riley Chazen and Lexie Palmer. The group looks to support artists in the formative stages of their career by providing formal opportunities for the public to view the work, and informal events during which artists and an interested public can interact.