November 12-December 13:
MAKE DO: stitch/dye/weave/form
Curated by Mara Baldwin and Vin Manta ('17)
MAKE DO is an exhibition presenting work by artists whose contemporary studio practices engage in traditional techniques, negotiating the separation of work vs. home, value vs. labor, aesthetics vs. function, and art vs. craft. Whether it be through the manipulation of clay, wood, plant pigment, or fiber, the artists in this exhibition choose to work using traditional handmade techniques as a way to self-define their relationships with value, labor, and time.
In contemporary markets, the distinction between art and craft is severe—the former belonging to distinction as ‘high art’ through association with galleries and museums, while craft tends to be labeled as ‘low art’, relegated to commercial and domestic spaces. This socialized binary of form vs. function reflects our own understandings of valuing labor according to capitalist systems—an object that rests on the laurels of its aesthetics rather than its function is thought of as more valuable than an object which is made to be touched and used. Of course, this dichotomy builds a false hierarchy—can art’s function be elevated beyond aesthetics because it provides opportunities for discourse? Can’t crafted functional objects be aesthetically pleasing and pedagogically sound?
Featuring work by Julie Crosby, Sarah Gotowka, Aram Han Sifuentes, and Jonathan Kline.