Collins: “Touching the Void” Exhibition Opening

“Touching the Void,” an installation by Liz Collins that explores consumption through knit garments and sculpture, opens at the Textile Arts Center, February 15, 2013.

“Touching the Void” seamlessly presents wearable experiments in an intrinsic milieu. Garments and tapestries cumulatively articulate the dynamic, interactive installation. Deconstructed and reconstructed shirts hang from inflated spheres, while the walls of the Textile Arts Center are built up with piles of knit fabric and new large-scale knit wall pieces. The garments are made from overstock, vintage and cast-off clothes that have been transformed into unusual new pieces through the act of cutting away parts and suturing them back together with new materials on knitting machines.

The act of knitting becomes like an act of mark making and the pieces exist as a series of three-dimensional wearable drawings and an investigation of the void/blob form. Inspired by bodily protuberances, growths and sinkages Collins’ collection of knit-hacked garments employ her celebrated innovative knit construction. The exhibition will also feature a capsule collection of limited edition unisex knit sweaters created in Peru, available for direct sale from the artist during the month-long exhibition.

The opening reception on Friday, February 15th will mark Collins’ return to her fashion design roots. A live lookbook shoot will run for the duration of the opening, with visitors functioning as models and the shoot as a site specific photo booth.

“Fifteen years ago my first collection of sweaters graced the mannequins in the window downstairs from TAC, at what was then Patricia Field’s store. It’s amazing to come full circle and present some of my favorite, and most wearable pieces ever on this same site; and finally be able to stage a show where my art work and clothing are co-existing in the same space,” Collins explains.

Viewers engage with both garments and knit sculptural elements, provoking reflexive consideration of the process of design. Though Collins’ fiber structures are ostensibly chaotic, they are technically rigorous, held together by carefully interrelated fixed elements. This reflects Collins’ approach to her work, which is materially driven and motivated by the act and history of knitting, as well as the internal and external architecture of the human body.

Textile Arts Center
February 15 – March 15, 2013
Opening Reception:  February 15, 7:00 – 10:00 pm


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