Liz Collins: Touching the Void Opening Reception
Textile Arts Center (26 W. 8th St., Manhattan)
Liz Collins Studio is pleased to invite you to an innovative brew of art and fashion. Opening on February 15th at the Textiles Art Center’s Manhattan location, Collins’ exhibition 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 Art 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.