12 Jun Vitamin T
Threats and Textiles in Contemporary Art
Ever stepped into a neon hair cave? If you’ve already visited this year’s Venice Biennale you probably wouldn’t have missed the Icelandic pavilion by artist Shoplifter, who works with real and synthetic hair to address issues of identity and consumer culture. Not only since Christo and Jeanne-Claude famously wrapped distinguished buildings and tracks of land, the connection to fabrics is sewn into the identity of art. With Vitamin T. we’ve got a hairy extension of this into the contemporary, with sculptures, paintings and installations made from UV print, ropes, cotton, strips, frisson, hand tufted wool, used clothes, corn flour linen, silk tapestries, embroideries on organdies or recycled lobster rope – only some among the materials used by more than 100 contemporary artists compiled in the volume ‘Threats and Textiles in Contemporary Art’, the latest in Phaidon’s ‘Vitamin’ series, including Kimsooja, Sarah Lucas, Adrian Kiss and many more.