This exhibition will explore the relationship between textiles - specifically lace - and space through a series of dramatic and ambitious new site-sensitive installations.
See lace in a new light as 20 leading international artists present radical, theatrical and spectacular new work which explores textiles and space
Lost in Lace will see 20 leading international artists take over the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) this Winter. Running 29th October 2011 to 19th February 2012, this exhibition will explore the relationship between textiles – specifically lace – and space through a series of dramatic and ambitious new site-sensitive installations.
Produced in partnership by BMAG and the Crafts Council, the exhibition brings together both leading and emergent artists and makers - many of whom will be exhibiting in the UK for the first time. From the intricate to the monumental, these contemporary works will challenge the viewer’s existing notions of space, encouraging them to renegotiate the mysterious new environments and blurred and shifted boundaries that emerge. The work exhibited spans a diverse range of materials, practices and inspirations. Atelier Manferdini will present a stunning inverted crystal cathedral hanging from ceiling to floor. Other large-scale works include acclaimed Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota’s web of interlacing black thread, eerily entrapping a white staircase. French artist Annie Bascoul’s dual installation evokes a more sensual environment: an intricate wire screen casts beautiful shadows across the floor as a delicate bed of feathers floats above the text of an erotic poem.
Leading British maker Michael Brennan Wood will explore his anti-militaristic sentiments in his series of red and black aluminium roundels, connected in a constellation-like pattern. Lise Bjørne Linnert’s Fences also raises political issues, as each photograph depicts an area of fence she has embroidered to highlight a hole. Often undertaken in conflict zones, her work investigates the notion of these contentious boundaries.
Image: Inverted Crystal Cathedral (digital rendering), bottom layers (600 crystals) donated by Swarovski © Atelier Manferdini
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Preview: October 29th
Birmingham Museum of Art
Chamberlain Square - Birmingham