Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, University of Illinois, Champaign
January 24 – April 30, 2005
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts
April 29-July 31, 2005
Katonah Art Museum, New York
October 2, 2005 through January 1, 2006
Austin Museum of Art, Texas
May 13 – August 6, 2006
DESCRIPTION As the digitized image on the plasma screen becomes the ubiquitous means of communication today, and the keyboard supplants the hand, a number of artists draw inspiration instead from the tenets of the Arts and Crafts movement of a hundred years ago. Their materials are ordinary, their patience and results extraordinary. Informed by process art of the 1970s and attached to the grid, which has organized much of the art of the last fifty years, these artists use hobby and craft skills, including meticulous hand-beading, sewing, quilting, silhouette cutting, collaging and collecting. Their two- and three-dimensional contemporary works negotiate a path between organic and geometric form, between the pixilated and the painterly. Although there have been other investigations of extreme craft, this is the first exhibition to focus on the work of artists whose subject matter or motivation is obsession from homemaking to hobbies to addictions. Exhibition design and photographs by Rice+Lipka Architects, New York.
ARTISTS Chakaia Booker, Juliann Cydylo, Tom Friedman, Tom Fruin, Victoria Haven, Lisa Hoke, Nina Katchadourian, Liza Lou, Jennifer Maestre,
Elizabeth Simonson, Devorah Sperber, Fred Tomaselli, Rachel Perry Welty
CATALOGUE The fully illustrated catalogue includes essays by exhibition curators Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox and a text that discusses the boundaries between obsession in art-making and obsession as disease by Judith L. Rapoport, M. D., Chief of the Child Psychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health.