Close to You: Contemporary Textiles, Intimacy and Popular Culture

Date: June 4 - Oct 12, 2008
Artist: Ai Kijima, Scott Kildall, Allyson Mitchell, Mark Newport, Michèle Provost
Curated by: Sarah Quinton

Close to You examines the use of idioms and images from popular culture in the work of contemporary artists from Canada and the US. Participating artists Ai Kijima, Scott Kildall, Allyson Mitchell, Mark Newport and Michèle Provost explore popular myth, comic book heroics and contemporary social and sexual mores through their material practices of knitting, appliqué, embroidery and crochet. Their evident skill and craftsmanship acknowledges traditional craft values even as their cultural and critical sensibilities position them within contemporary practices. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue co-produced with Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax.