Sunday, May 2, 2010

Something Beautiful: Lisa Borgnes at Acme Gallery, Los Angeles


A Bloomsbury Life ... the name is evocative and Lisa Borgnes' blog more so: link here.

Stitching Up The Noughties is at Acme Gallery in Los Angeles, aptly, for the merry month of May. 

"Embroidery has long been viewed as a symbol of female powerlessness in a man's world. Traditional samplers, with the pat moral sentiments of meekness and docility, are a woven record of what it was like to be a woman in the 17th and 18th centuries. In my work, I aim to continue that narrative, but through the prism of a 21st century lens. Instead of a subject matter like religion, domesticity and morality, my stitched samplers explore the preoccupations of the last decade (the "Noughties"): things like Botox, plastic surgery, "It" bags and the recession." 

The method of her work, shown in the first photo, of needle and thread is classic and precedes this moment of needle beauty. It's a moment of fine, painstaking work alongside questions of beauty and age. 

It's so fitting that something very beautiful is questioning beauty.

5 comments:

  1. Joy Miles Gimbel
    God, I wish i could fly out to see this, as ironically, above read, is super interesting. As I Always thought of emroidery one of the most difficult arts to master. The patience, skills, tenacity, of the women creating these pieces boggles my mind. And I am talented, yet to be a fraction of what the hands behind the most beautiful embroideries, I ... See Morewould do backflips to be so skilled at such a difficult artform. I have a Suzani I bought 14 years ago in Turkey, from Uzbekistan. it is said to be at least 250 years old. And the hand/ work makes me want to cry. It just seems si ironic and upsetting that it has been seen as a form of powerlessness in the women who were so very finely talented...
    If u have. book to accompany the exhibit, I would se love to purchase it....
    XXXX to all the women who shoulder various form of oppression.

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  2. The gallery is closed until Tuesday, unfortunately. You can click on the gallery link and contact them directly. I began thinking about oppression and imbued meanings too on my earlier post, the Something Beautiful: Form, Function and Art with the middle photo from a Museum of Modern Art exhibition. And I would love to see your Suzani; the implements of craft are so beautiful. Did you see the Laotian loom in the entry below on JADEtribe?

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  3. Joy Miles Gimbel
    I did not, but will view!! thank you!!
    i would love to show you my Suzani as Ive oft wondered the story behind it!! Absolutely!!!
    XX

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  4. Joy Miles Gimbel
    ps: love your train of thought here!! I is why Ive always admired most skilled crafstpeople; cobbers, leatherwrkers, embroiderers from over the world, coutouriers!!! etc. XXXX

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  5. Joy Miles Gimbel
    ps: love your train of thought here!! I is why Ive always admired most skilled crafstpeople; cobbers, leatherwrkers, embroiderers from over the world, coutouriers!!! etc. XXXX

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