Visual Arts

Arty Girl: SMoCA's "Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting" closes Sunday



My ego won't really allow me to believe that you didn't read my art review about the "Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting" show at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. That being the case, you already know that I thought the show was excellent and surely worth a visit.

If you haven't seen it, this weekend is your last chance...it closes on Sunday. But keep reading and you'll see a little teaser of what's in store for you.


The show spans three of the four galleries in the museum and even bleeds out into the hallway between the bathrooms. And while large exhibitions run the risk of including any old crap that fits the theme, that's not the case here.

The basic concept of the show is a concentration on method and material. The artists recreate and redefine these traditional crafts. And we get to enjoy the spoils of their hard labor.

There's a chandelier made of knotted, illuminated fiber optic cable...



steel lace made with a blow torch and car wreckage...



a dress made of shredded dollar bills...



a teddy bear made from woven lead ribbon...



and miniature sweaters and socks knitted using medical wire...



Need I go on?

"Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting" closes this Sunday, February 1st at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St. in Scottsdale, 480-944-ARTS, www.smoca.org.









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Lilia Menconi
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