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Soft: Works from the University Collection
12 May 2012 – 12 Aug 2012
Anna Torma, Red Flowers III 2006
photo: Steve Farmer
The Art Gallery’s special mandate to collect textile-based art, due to the medium’s traditional association with women, is augmented in this selection by the inclusion of another material associated with domesticity—aluminum foil. All of the works have in common the tactile quality of softness.
Acquired over the last decade, these works display further, unexpected affinities when seen together. Soft includes fine embroidery by Anna Torma, Colette Whiten’s beaded wall hanging, playfully performable textiles by Gary Markle and a continuously collapsing sculpture by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky. Each in its own way, the works resist structural fixity—some through their soft material and others in their surrender to gravity.
OPENING RECEPTION Opens jointly with Sara Hartland-Rowe: Look to the Living on Saturday, 2 June, from 3 to 5pm.
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