Dimensional Lines: art + dress
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 23, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Paula Danoff, (847) 475-5300 or email Paula
NEW WORK FROM CONTEMPORARY FASHION DESIGNERS, ARTISTS AND WRITERS USE EVANSTON ART CENTER BUILDING AS INSPIRATION
The exhibition, Dimensional Lines: art + dress will be on view at the Evanston Art Center from September 11 to November 6, 2011
An opening reception for the artists and curators will be held Sunday, September 11 from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Art Center located at 2603 Sheridan Road, Evanston IL 60201 and will be free and open to the public.
The intention of this exhibition, curated by Gillion Carrara, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism and Director of the Fashion Resource Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and contributing Curator Fraser Taylor, Visiting Artist in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, is to bring art, dress and site together, to present corporeal and conceptual relationships between the work of artists and fashion designers in dialogue with the former Harley Clarke mansion, currently home to the Evanston Art Center. The anthropology of the house and the conversations between the interior and exterior spaces provide challenging and rich content for this exhibition. The work on view will create an immersive environment allowing the viewer to experience a diverse range of images, materials and histories.
In the last few decades, the line between art and fashion has blurred to the point where we now see a frequent crossover between both disciplines. although there is a long precedent of designer/artist collaborations in the twentieth century, today this kind of collaboration has become part of popular culture. With the internet and growing influence of fashion as a cultural driver, individuals are increasingly aware of artists through fashion and vise-versa.
Does this crossover exist within Chicago's own fashion and art worlds and if so how does one convey this local perspective in the context of the exhibit?
The exhibiting artists will include Conrad Hamather, Anke Loh, Beata Kania, Kristin Mariani, Annie Novotny, Melissa Serpico Kamhout, Katrin Schnabl, Kristina Sparks, and Fraser Taylor.
Additional contributions will be made by writers Alex Aubry, Stuart Dybek, Margaret Hawkins and Polly H. Ullrich, as well as set designer, Mary Griswold and Lighting artist, Geoffrey Bushor.
Special workshops and community events will run in conjunction with this exhibition. Please check the Evanston Art Center web site at www.evanstonartcenter.org for the most up-to-date information.
Special Exhibition Sponsors: Chalk Boutique located at 2611 Prairie Avenue, Evanston
Drawing: Fraser Taylor
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