Monday, July 30, 2012

Domestic Subversions at KMOCA

Exhibit opens August 4, 5-7 pm.
My image is in the center: "Evening Gloves 1962 Memphis, Tennessee-2012 Rhinebeck, NY"

While the word "subversive" often conjures up images of back-alley dalliances or anarchy in the streets, KMOCA's three August artists find subversions right where we live. Look no further than your sewing box, your refrigerator, your own backyard. There's no place like home.

Mimi Graminski is fascinated with household materials: yarn, thread, fabrics, and a variety of other objects from around the home. In her current body of work, she creates unlikely combinations, mixing handcrafts such as crochet with things like stones, or leather evening gloves. Mimi's work has been shown widely, and will be featured in an upcoming show at the National Palace of Art on Krakow, Poland. Educated at Bard College, she currently lives in Red Hook. She appreciates everyday life in the Hudson Valley, and the number of artists who make their home here.

Claire Sherwood is inspired by the everyday chores and mundane rituals she finds herself performing on a daily basis. "Fine art materials" (dirt, canned frosting, quotes from soap operas) were collected from around her home and used as a catalyst to create mixed media works and digital photographs. Claire's work has been exhibited in venues including the Smithsonian National Botanic Garden, and she has a site-specific sculpture installed at the Albany International Airport through 2013. Claire received her MFA from the University of Maryland. In recent years, she has returned to her hometown near Troy, NY, and she's currently a visiting professor at the College of Saint Rose in Albany.

Lindsay Stern makes works about people's emotional lives in the kitchen, "where food is equally a necessity, joy, and transgression." Her images are inspired by her own perceived ambivalence toward the farm animals she sees in her neighbors' yards, and their connection with the ones on her dinner plate. Lindsay's work has been featured in shows throughout the country, and she's received research grants to travel to France and Japan. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan. Having grown up on Long Island and lived for a while in Western New York, Lindsay feels like a well-rounded NY State resident now the she makes Kingston her home.

"Domestic Subversions" continues at KMOCA through August 25.

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