Social Fabric

Social Fabric explores the material and philosophical influences of 20th century craft on seven contemporary American artists using fabric as a visual or performance art medium. Fabric is rich with associations of labor, global commerce, and sustainability, as well as cultural and personal identifications. Material functions in these works as a vehicle for dialogue on the body, labor, community, and systems of power and information. The artists in this exhibition assert making as an act of self-sufficiency and as a rejection of mass commerce. This empowerment extends to all those who actively engage with the art. In our encounters with these works, we are encouraged to question the boundaries between craft and contemporary art, artist and viewer, and maker and consumer.

Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA. January 26-May 5, 2013. Participating artists: Rachel Bernstein, Combat Paper/Drew Cameron, Bean Gilsdorf, Donna Huanca, Carole Frances Lung, Allison Smith, Stephanie Syjuco.

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Rachel Bernstein. Spores, 2012-13. Site-specific installation. Dimensions variable.

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Rachel Bernstein. Spores, 2012-13. Site-specific installation. Dimensions variable.

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Rachel Bernstein. Spores, 2012-13. Site-specific installation. Dimensions variable.

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Rachel Bernstein. Spores, 2012-13. Site-specific installation. Dimensions variable.

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Rachel Bernstein. Spores, 2012-13. Site-specific installation. Dimensions variable.

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Rachel Bernstein. Spores, 2012-13. Site-specific installation. Dimensions variable.

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Carole Frances Lung, collaboration with CSULA and LAUSD students.

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Carole Frances Lung, collaboration with CSULA and LAUSD students.

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Stephanie Syjuco. The Counterfeit Crochet Project (Critique of a Political Economy), 2006-present. Site-specific installation including poster on Homosote board, crocheted objects, and furniture. Poster 8' x 14', total area 14' square.

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Stephanie Syjuco. The Counterfeit Crochet Project (Critique of a Political Economy), 2006-present. Site-specific installation including poster on Homosote board, crocheted objects, and furniture. Poster 8' x 14', total area 14' square.

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Installation view with work by Carole Frances Lung and Stephanie Syjuco.

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Stephanie Syjuco. The Counterfeit Crochet Project (Critique of a Political Economy), 2006-present. Site-specific installation including poster on Homosote board, crocheted objects, and furniture. Poster 8' x 14', total area 14' square.

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Stephanie Syjuco. The Counterfeit Crochet Project (Critique of a Political Economy), 2006-present. Site-specific installation including poster on Homosote board, crocheted objects, and furniture. Poster 8' x 14', total area 14' square.

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Installation view with artwork by Stephanie Syjuco and Carole Frances Lung.

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Carole Frances Lung. KO Enterprises: Manufacturing Moholy in Weimar, Frau Fiber: Project Books, and Frau Fiber's Factory Archive, all 2012.

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Installation view with artwork by Stephanie Syjuco and Carole Frances Lung.

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Carole Frances Lung. Frau Fiber: Project Books, 2012. A collection of hand bound books, archiving Frau Fiber’s projects: Sewing Rebellion, Made in Haiti, KO Enterprises Manufacturing Moholy in Weimar and the Collaborative Bicycled Powered Sewing Factory.

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Carole Frances Lung. Frau Fiber: Fiber of Our Lives, 2012. Up-cycled t-shirts. Approximately 60 x 36 inches.

Carole Frances Lung. Frau Fiber: Useful Work vs. Useless Toil, 2011. Hacked men's suit jacket, trousers and shirt. Approximately 60 x 36 inches.

Carole Frances Lung. Frau Fiber: Triangle Shirt Fire, 2011. Hacked men's collared shirts and trousers. Approximately 60 x 36 inches.

Carole Frances Lung. Frau Fiber: Made in Haiti, 2009. Remnants from 2009 Made in Haiti Collection #1, pieced together by Jonas La Baze. Approximately 60 x 36 inches.

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Installation view with work by Allison Smith, Carole Frances Lung, and Combat Paper.

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Installation view with work by Allison Smith and Bean Gilsdorf.

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Allison Smith. Untitled (06, 02, 08, 13), 2009. Archival inkjet prints on exhibition fiber paper. Each 20 x 16 inches.

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Allison Smith. Needle Work, 2011. 23 sewn reproductions of wartime textiles and identification tags. Sited installation, dimensions variable.

Allison Smith. Untitled (06, 02, 08, 13), 2009. Archival inkjet prints on exhibition fiber paper. Each 20 x 16 inches.

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Installation view with work by Allison Smith, Carole Frances Lung, and Drew Cameron.

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Installation view with work by Allison Smith and Carole Frances Lung.

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Allison Smith. Untitled (32, 10, 09, 37), 2009. Archival inkjet prints on exhibition fiber paper. Each 20 x 16 inches.

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Allison Smith. Needle Work, 2011. 23 sewn reproductions of wartime textiles and identification tags. Sited installation, dimensions variable.

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Allison Smith. Needle Work, 2011. 23 sewn reproductions of wartime textiles and identification tags. Sited installation, dimensions variable.

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Social Fabric at Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, 2013. Installation view with work by Allison Smith and Carole Frances Lung.

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Allison Smith. Needle Work, 2011. 23 sewn reproductions of wartime textiles and identification tags. Sited installation, dimensions variable.

Allison Smith. Untitled (06, 02), 2009. Archival inkjet prints on exhibition fiber paper. Each 20 x 16 inches.

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Installation view with work by Allison Smith and Carole Frances Lung.

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Needle Work workshop by Allison Smith.

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Installation view with artwork by Carole Frances Lung, Allison Smith, and Stephanie Syjuco.

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Installation view with artwork by Allison Smith, Carole Frances Lung, and Combat Paper.

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Combat Paper Project. Dispatches, 2011. Paper and typewriter.

Drew Cameron. Trent Albee, David Drakulich, Sammy Villareal, David and Ehren Tool. 2012. Paper. Each 29 x 40 inches.

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Combat Paper Project. Dispatches, 2011. Paper and typewriter.

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Donna Huanca. Salinas, from the Unearthing Series, 2011. Photographic print on Dibond. 39 3/8 x 29 5/8 inches. Edition 1/5.

Donna Huanca. Morph, from the Unearthing Series, 2011. Photographic print on Dibond. 39 3/8 x 29 5/8 inches. Edition 1/5.

Donna Huanca. Unearthing, 2012. Site-specific installation.

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Donna Huanca. Unearthing, 2012. Site-specific installation.

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Donna Huanca. Unearthing, 2012. Site-specific installation.

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Bean Gilsdorf. Flags, 2011-2012. Polyester and mixed media fabrics.

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Installation view with artwork by Rachel Bernstein and Stephanie Syjuco.

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Rachel Bernstein. Spores, 2012-13. Site-specific installation. Dimensions variable.