Chador for Two Worlds
1984, Ina Kozel
January 29, 2014 - April 27, 2014
January 29: Press Preview 1:30 pm
February 9: Member's Walkthrough 1-2pm and Opening Reception 2-4 pm
Metamorphosis: Clothing & Identity is a retrospective of the San Francisco Bay Area Art-to-Wear movement and traces the evolution of the rich history and legacy of this genre from its inception in the 1960s to the current group of second generation designers that are creating their own one-of-a-kind, handmade, artful garments. The exhibition will also present a “metamorphosis” of clothes that transcends functional attire and becomes sculptural manifestations of symbolic ideas that challenge our notion of clothing and identity.
Comprised of approximately 60 pieces, Metamorphosis will chart the development of the Bay Area Artwear movement starting from the original Levi’s “Denim Art Contest” of 1973 all the way through the works of contemporary designers. Included is an eclectic display of art-to-wear garments, as well as textiles, drawings, wall hangings, large-scale installations, and original ephemera from significant historical artwear exhibitions. Originally denoting handmade textiles from traditional processes, artwear has come to encompass a wide breadth of techniques, including shibori, felting, crochet and knitting, hand painting, clamp resist dyeing, pleating, quilting, and sewing. The exhibition showcases work by influential founders of the Artwear movement, each with their own recognized technique and aesthetic. These artists include: Jean Cacicedo, Marian Clayden, Kaffe Fassett, Ellen Hauptli, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Ina Kozel, Janet Lipkin, K. Lee Manuel and Yvonne Porcella. Other artists included in the exhibit are: Isaac Amala & Liz Simpson, Michael Cepress, Angelina De Antonis,
Ellen Hauptli, Laura Raboff, Carol Lee Shanks, Nancy Yodelman, and Wendeanne Ke`aka Stitt.