Material Domestication

Material Domestication

Start date

Saturday, March 16, 2019, 11:00am

End date

Sunday, July 14, 2019, 5:00pm

Location

Museum of Craft and Design

2569 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
United States

Material Domestication will feature the work of six contemporary artists who utilize disparate cultural backgrounds as a framework for sculptural explorations invested in skill, material and identity. This exhibition is an investigation of materiality and technique based on slow production and repetitive making. These practices are often rooted in the notion of craft as women’s work. Typical processes include needlework, knitting, weaving and other historical fiber based techniques. Modular components are stacked, folded, knitted or woven into existence by these artists.

Whether through methods of casting, dyeing, weaving or construction, the process of physical repetition is at the core of each artist’s work. They were chosen specifically as a means of expanding the conversation pertaining to the relevance of — or perhaps insignificance of — gender in contemporary craft. The purpose of Material Domestication is to be inclusive rather than exclusive. It is an attempt to dismantle the dualities of gender. Each artist achieves enormous scale through the use of physical repetition and in turn, further dispels the notions of craft and gender.