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UPSKIRT

Kristin Reger

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Nov 30-Dec 21 2012
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November 23, 2012

KRISTIN REGER / LAURA McMILLIAN

UPSKIRT

at THE TEXTILE ARTS CENTER
505 carroll st. {brooklyn}  

opening reception
NOV. 30, 2012 7 - 10 PM

exhibition dates
NOV. 30 - DEC. 21 2012

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We are pleased to announce Upskirt, Kristin Reger & Laura McMillian's collaborative exhibition at The Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn.

Upskirt is an interactive, fibers-based installation. Five giant dresses hang quietly in the gallery. Austere from the outside, each skirt conceals a fabric explosion within.

Upskirt includes a tableau vivant at the opening reception (Nov. 30) where five white-gloved garçons will lift up petticoats inviting gallery goers inside. The skirts are lowered around guests to completely absorb them into the chambers within. Each interior is inspired by an environment that has traditionally fascinated artists, be it a natural occurrence – the Swamp, the Cave, the Sea – or a less tangible space – Outer Space, Hell on Earth. Here, these scenes are created with unconventional manipulations of fabric drawn from diverse printing and sculpture practices. 

Exposed steel bodices suspend the garments, evoking both the lost splendor of historical dress and its repression of the female form. Through the action of physically entering "upskirt", the pieces confront voyeurism by encapsulating the viewer – and suggesting that the relationship between clothing and sexuality may be more complex than generally perceived.

Upskirt explores domestic crafts as woman’s work, these artforms’ delegitimization through commercial production, and their resulting exclusion from the canon of fine art. By creating fantasy worlds using domestic-cum-DIY techniques, Upskirt confronts the common marginalization of sewn and textile production. The installation recontextualizes this work as a rich medium for subversive expression by placing it in a woman’s most historical hiding place – under her skirt.  

Upskirt is an invertive project, transforming woman’s private space and her most intimate work into an interactive, accessible, and discussion-inducing experience.  

Laura McMillian is a Brooklyn-based artist with a background in costume design and fine tailoring. She was recently an artist-in-residence at the Boatel at Marina 59, Far Rockaway, New York, where she created a floating installation out of a decommissioned boat. Her other recent projects include group shows at ICA Boston, the Fashion District Art Fair, and the Museum of Sex. She is a member of the artist collective Rubulad and frequent performer at their, and many other, New York nightlife events. 

Kristin Reger is a Brooklyn-based artist with a background in textile design and illustration. Her work explores dress as social armor and as a platform for conflicted identity, employing drawing, design and performance. Recent projects include participatory happenings at ICA Boston, MCA Chicago and "Artist Services" in Manhattan's Garment District, as well as a joint commission with McMillian for the Museum of Sex. In 2013, She will continue her studies in natural dyes and identity through dress in Mexico City and New York as part of an MFA at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), where she was a symposium lecturer in 2011. 

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This project is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). Additional support provided by Materials for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs/NYC Department of Sanitation/NYC Department of Education. 

Special thanks to The Textile Arts Center and The Style Council, New York. Photo: Tod Seelie.

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