Sunday, March 2, 2008
Chelsea Gallery Going
feeling totally out of the loop of the contemporary
art scene, my boyfriend and I decided it was time to visit some galleries in the neighborhood. While we saw a variety of great shows, there was one that really stood out to me. Jil Weinstock's show Wear at the Charles Cowles Gallery has become the show to see among Manhattan fashionistas. I heard about it through a chic friend from Bard Dec. Arts. Weinstock suspends vintage childrens' clothing in rubber to create a unique effect where a portion of the patterned fabric of the garment becomes encased in a resin-like environment. The release statement explains that she makes, "vintage dresses float Ophelia-like in compositions revealing their seams, linings and zippers." She also fashions white and red rubber into pop arty models of men's dress shirts and then exhibits them in series. There is a whimsy to Weinstock's works that address the question of fashion as art and art as fashion with a playful tongue-in cheek sensibility. The pieces are also extremely aesthetically appealing, due in large part to the rich fabrics that she uses as her material and the fact that she maintains the integrity of the garment construction. This show will be on view at Charles Cowles (on 24th Street between 10th and 11th avenue) until March 8th, so be sure to come over to Chelsea to see it before it closes.
photo credit (green dress): Sea Floral Print Silk, 2005, rubber, fabric http://www.cowlesgallery.com/weinstock/JW_SeaFloral_1N.html
photo credit (pink dress): Rose Pink Party, 2006, rubber, fabric http://www.cowlesgallery.com/weinstock/JW12611.html