Join us for our July exhibition: Patches & Stitches! CALL ENDS APRIL 5th!
EDIT: 4.6.15 -- Thanks, everyone, for submitting your names to our Patches & Stitches show! We'll be announcing the final list of participating artists shortly!!
There are two sides to every story, two faces on each coin.
You don your jean jacket, flip up your hood and step out the side door into the street. You run through the alley, too quick to let the puddles splash your legs. The buzz of the neon signs is comforting. Their colorful reflections bounce off the wet pavement. As you get closer to 8th street you see a trio of silhouettes through the haze and as you approach, your eyes scan the large dark canvas squares on the backs of their jackets. The familiar raw edges, the phrases inked onto the dark patches with home-made screens, lovingly hand-stitched between their shoulders... It's your crew alright.
Patience is a virtue for a night's watchman. Your footsteps echo against the cold stone floors of the East Wing. You look up at the large, intricate wall hangings as you pass. Epic scenes dance across the fibers of the antique tapestries. Your candle is burning low but you can still make out the stories of love, treasures, battles... the sigil of the kingdom proudly embroidered at the corners of each piece. You run your fingers over another image, small french knots and tight stitches bring a lion's mane to life and the whiskers extend outward into the space you share. Light from the flame dances over the small glass beads of his eyes...
PATCHES & STITCHES
Opens July 3, 2015
7 - 10pm
Light Grey Art Lab
118 E. 26th Street #101
Minneapolis, MN 55404
This July we're wrenching the raw side of D.I.Y from the refined and putting on a show that celebrates the tactile nature of textiles.
With the choice between the sick and the sweet, participating artists will have the chance to show in one of our two exhibitions.
Patches is our bad ass show. We are looking for the dark, limited color, gritty, screen-printed, hand-painted, embroidered and dyed patches. We want artists that can can make a patch so sick we can't stand it. One we'll have to immediately stitch to our jackets and pledge allegiance to your crew. We are looking for clever takes on the imagery we all know and love - maybe phrases we can't resist. We want to feel a bit dangerous, deviant, or defiant. Any kind of printing or embroidery is fair game for this one. Chenille patches are cool. Letterman patches are great. Pins, badges, studs, stitches, let's do it.
Stitches is our beautiful show. We are looking for new takes on an elegant craft. We'll flourish in the flora and fauna, the intricate needlework, the knots, beading, sequins and appliqués. We're looking for vibrant, colorful pieces that challenge our ideas of old-school embroidery. Reinventing the classic expectations of one of the world's oldest textile techniques. We want to see your cross-stitches and woven wall hangings come to life and we want to feel luxurious, lavish and lustrous.
If you are interested in making original work for one of our upcoming sister-shows, put your name, email, links to your site and your preferences in the comments below like this by APRIL 5th! :
2. I'm open to doing Stitches, too!
Call ends April 5th and the final list of participating artists will be announced the following weekend!
** We are asking for originals and editions for this exhibition (so that means that all participating artists will have to send in their work by June 10th if accepted.) We are looking for one-of-a-kind pieces, but are VERY interested in limited editions of patches, badges, and embroidery kits or artist created series. More information about parameters, shipping and the exhibition will be provided at the close of the call for art! Please feel free to ask if you have any questions! firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and please help spread the word!