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Pattern Recognition: Works by Margaret Hull
Margaret Hull questions the performance of wearing clothes and its effect on representation and image distribution within her textile-rich installations, videos, and performances.
From the artist’s statement:
“My current body of work, Cottagecorps, includes installation (physical and in VR), photographic documentation, and garments that contextualize the ongoing body of work, McCall’s 8616. I use McCall Pattern Company pattern number 8616 – the result of a 1983 licensing agreement with celebrity and model, Brooke Shields – as a template to assemble versions of the same blouse at various scales with a nod to the democratic nature of commercial garment patterns. The garments in this series are button down blouses worn on all parts of the body and sewn with floral chintz fabric. Through the layers of florals – the fabrics and the patchwork environment in which I locate the garments – I address the role of this textile both in European colonization in the late 17th century and the internet aesthetic, cottagecore.
“Cottagecorps,” a homophone of cottagecore, references not only the commercialization of internet aesthetics but also the ease and speed at which trends spread in digital spaces and the potential for community-building online. I make garments using secondhand fabric sourced on Ebay, Facebook Marketplace, and Arts and Scraps in Detroit. Sourcing locally and secondhand is a priority in my practice because it supports individuals in my community and contributes to my understanding of place and people through material, in addition to lessening the environmental impact of the fashion and textile industries.
The exhibit will be on view October 2 through October 30, 2021, with an opening reception on Saturday, October 2, 4pm-7pm during the WeHo Art Crawl. The opening reception will be hosted by Ellen Dempsey.
Source: Coop Gallery
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