By Christopher Harrity
Originally published on Advocate.com January 13 2014 5:00 AM ET
"Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community," an international group show at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art curated by John Chaich, explores notions of aspiration, socialization, and representation within the gay and lesbian community, through artists employing thread-based craft materials, techniques, and processes.
While many of these artists are internationally recognized in the craft and art communities, this exhibition marks the first time these works have been shown together to specifically highlight their personal relationship to their own sexuality and to the gay and lesbian community. Composed of a mix of well-established and emerging talent from across the United States as well as Argentina, Canada, and South Africa, this exhibition will feature artists Chris Bogia (New York), Chiachio & Giannone (Argentina), Liz Collins (New York), Pierre Fouche (South Africa), James Gobel (California), Jesse Harrod (Virginia), Larry Krone (New York), Allyson Mitchell (Canada), Sheila Pepe (New York), L. J. Roberts (New York), Nathan Vincent (New York), and more.
"Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community"
Exhibition dates: January 17 to March 16, 2014
Opening Reception: January 17, 2014 6-8 pm
More information at LeslieLohman.org
Nathan Vincent, Locker Room (vertical), 2011, yarn, 144 x 228 ft. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stephen Miller.
Nathan Vincent, Locker Room (detail), 2011, yarn, 144 x 228 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stephen Miller.
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Chiachio & Giannone, Familia Guaraní, 2009, hand embroidery with cotton threads, jewelry threads, and rayon on fabric, 51 x 48 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Daniel Kiblisky.
Rebecca Levi, Two Ladies, 2007, cotton floss embroidered on cotton fabric, 20 x 20 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Rebecca Levi.
Allyson Mitchel, Queer Un-Nation, 2012, yarn and felt, 36 x 48 in. Work and image courtesy of the artist.
John Thomas Paradiso, Leather Pansy II, 2010, Leather, thread, and plastic hoop on wood panel, 10 x 10 x 1.5 in. Courtesy of Elisabeth Jacobsen. Photo: John Thomas Paradiso.
L.J. Roberts, The Queer Houses of Brooklyn in the Three Towns of Breukelen, Boswyck,and Midwout during the 41st Year of the Stonewall Era, (based on a 2010 drawing by Daniel Rosza Lang/Levitsky with 24 illustrations by Buzz Slutzky on printed pin-back buttons), 2011, poly-fill, acrylic, rayon, Lurex, wool, polyester, cotton lamé, sequins, and blended fabrics, 138 x 114 x 108 in. Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Elaine Reuben. Photo: The Smithsonian American Art Museum.
James Gobel, The Fitting No. 1, 2007, felt, yarn and acrylic on canvas, 84 x 72 in. Collection of Costello & Tagliapietra. Photo: courtesy of Kravits/Wehby.
Aubrey Longley-Cook with 34 community participants, RuPaul Cross Stitch Animation Workshop, front view, 2013, animated cross stitch, frame 17. Courtesy of the Artist. Photo: Aubrey Longley-Cook