Unknitting: Challenging Textile Traditions

 
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Unknitting: Challenging Textile Traditions focuses on performative knitting practice in the creation of avant-garde, contemporary sculpture. This full-color publication explores the work of this invitational exhibition that highlights artists who are advancing and questioning established textile traditions. The artists address stereotypes of gender, ethnicity and the ideas and materials appropriate for art making. They hail from the United States,Mexico and the United Kingdom, all cultures that have strong yarn-based craft traditions. All of the artists upend those traditions through challenges to the domestic-based, utilitarian and female-made objects that are typical of the knitted crafts. UnKnitting questions traditions and assumptions about who produces knitted objects, and how the objects can and should be used. Unknitting artists: Adrian Esparza, United States; Rachel Gomme, United Kingdom; Mark Newport, United States; and Sandra Valenzuela, Mexico.

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Kate Bonansinga is the Director of the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso. From 1991-1999 she taught art history at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon, where she also served as director and curator of the College s exhibition gallery. There she developed an interest in contemporary art that resides at the intersection of materials-oriented fine craft and concept-driven fine art. She serves on the editorial advisory board for Artl!ies Magazine, Houston, TX and as a national art peer for the Office of the Chief Architect of the United States. During 2005 she was a mid-career fellow at the Smithsonian Institute for the Interpretation and Representation of Latino Cultures in Washington, D.C., and in 2006 she participated in the Getty Center s Museum Leadership Institute.

Stephanie Taylor is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at New Mexico State University.

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