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Threads of Memory

Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Program
11-03 45th Avenue, 718-937-6317
Long Island City
February 5 - April 17, 2006
Reception: Sunday, February 5, 2 - 5 PM

Featuring: Ghada Amer And Reza Farkhondeh, Conrad Atkinson, Doug Bosch, Louise Bourgeois, Ambreen Butt, Orly Cogan, Elisa D’arrigo. Marguerite Day, Elena Del Rivero, Lesley Dill, Tracey Emin, Fred Fleisher, Amanda Guest, Kent Henricksen, Nene Humphrey, Nina Katchadourian, Ke-Sook Lee, Sarah Lovitt, Bonnie Lucas, China Marks, Meridith Mcneal, Katherine Porter, Liliana Porter, Michael Raedecker, Elaine Reichek, Rachel Selekman, Donna Sharrett, Mimi Smith, Stephan Sollins

Curated by Margaret Mathews-Berenson.

Threads of Memory features the work of 30 artists for whom the medium of thread resonates personally as a reference to specific life experiences or to the creative impulse and, universally, as a signifier of the human spirit. It is inherently rhythmic, meditative-even transcendent. Yet it can also be erotic, expressive, desperate-even violent. Although the expressive range of thread might seem limited, these artists have adapted the medium to their individual needs and produced work of unusual diversity of form, tactility and content. For each of them, memory is as deeply embedded in the objects they make as it is in the work of the Gees Bend artisans. Varying in scale from the intimate “samplers” of Tracey Emin to the room-size installation of Meridith McNeal, the artists in this exhibition examine the metaphoric fabric of their lives through the innovative use of thread.
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