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Scraps 1999

fabric sculptures

This site-specific installation was installed at George’s Gallery in Los Angeles. The gallery was located adjacent to X-Large, a trendy hip-hop clothing store, founded by the Beastie Boys, on Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles. Both the store and the gallery share the same owner. While you can enter either venue independently from the street, once inside you can go between the two freely…so you can shop for clothes and art simultaneously. I thought a lot about this dichotomy of “high” art and fashion….and the irony of shopping for art that matches your outfit or visa versa.

When I was asked to create an installation in the Gallery, I told them I would, “if I could use the fabrics that the designers used to make the clothing.” While the curator thought this was a great idea, the designers weren’t as thrilled and only gave be the scraps of what little fabric they could spare. On one wall was a wall of fabric “dots” or “bubbles” mocking the red dots commonly used in galleries when a piece has been sold. On the far wall I hug curtains over a mock window and a yellow pegboard hung to the right that had cloth-covered buttons that were sold individually. The blue camouflage piece next to the yellow peg-board had the same camouflage cloth buttons sewn all over it, hiding the X-Large logos originally printed on the fabric. On three separate hangers were three folded banners that spelled out: 1. L.A. 2. EAT and 3. ME