Collection: MATERIAL GIRLS

Material Girls: Materiality in a Material World

September 24 - November 19, 2021

MATERIAL GIRLS explores the practices of Théo Bignon, Molly Blumberg, Rachel Hefferan, and Parvin Peivandi, an international cohort of material-based artists, who investigate material as a means to embody the human experience and communicate from an authentic, internal source. This is art of excess, an indulgence in craft and process. But do not confuse materiality for materialism. Materiality, “the quality or character of being material or composed of matter,” is distinct. Physicality impacts content, and subsequently meaning.

MATERIAL GIRLS: Materiality in a Material World deconstructs and reimagines domestic, intimate objects and unconventional raw material embedded with personal narratives and cultural codes, conveying feelings of sexuality, nostalgia, tension, desire, and transformation translated into material. Materiality in all its manifestations.

MATERIAL GIRLS: Materiality in a Material World runs from September 24 – November 19, 2021.

 

FEATURED ARTISTS:

 

Molly Blumberg: Molly Blumberg is an artist based in Chicago, IL. She earned her BFA in Sculpture from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis in 2012. She then went on to earn her MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Fiber and Material Studies in 2020.

Trained as a sculptor and a papermaker, her work is grounded in an extreme engagement with materiality. Through a playfully physical studio practice and a dedication to process-based exploration, she explores how it feels to be a body. Pulling from art-historical depictions of the female body and employing feminist practices of fragmentation and reassembling, she focuses on the phenomenology of a fleshy body that is a site of constant change.

 

 

Théo Bignon: Théo Bignon is a French artist living and working in Montréal, Canada, whose work investigates the intersections of desire, ornamentation and queer existence. His work has been exhibited internationally including Villa Noailles (Hyères, France), The Hive Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Site:Brooklyn (Brooklyn,NY), and Bunker Projects (Pittsburgh, PA). He holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in the Fiber & Material Studies Department, and a BA from Sciences Po Paris.  

 

 

Rachel Hefferan: Rachel Hefferan is an artist and fermentation lover working to heighten the beauty, complexity, and necessity of microbial life. These tiny lives that came before us, exist within us, and facilitate the recycling of all basic structures in our world deserve to be celebrated. In the last year the presence of the microbial has been forced to the forefront of society’s thoughts, but there is more for us to learn than how to sterilize. Through the chemistry of natural dyes and structured logic of a loom as a metaphorical tool sitting somewhere between science and magic, abstractions of microbial life can emerge to be understood through a visual tactility. Shifts in surface texture, pattern, and overall scale are used to draw the viewer in close, a second look, perhaps. In the moment of looking closer, the viewer’s body enacts the function of the microscope. Rachel is an active homesteader & environmentalist. On her property she cares for sheep, goats, chickens, bees, and a large garden. Her life and artistic practice continually cross pollinate, exchanging influences between home and studio practice. As a weaver, Rachel views the loom as a tool for discovery and play; she structures her approach to making with science practices that allow for constant revision and learning. Hand spinning, crochet, natural dyes, recycled mill ends or discarded yarns, are all important parts of her studio practice. Microbes are omnipresent. Let us look slowly, together.  

 

 

Parvin Peivandi: Parvin Peivandi is an Iranian/Canadian artist who was born in Iran and immigrated to Canada in 2009. She studied contemporary art at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2019. Inspired by Iranian literature and Western cultural theories, Peivandi makes art in an interdisciplinary manner in the liminal space of Iranian folk arts and Western minimalism. In her oeuvre, she shows interest in expressive culture, hybrid identity, and narrative structures by using a wide range of techniques and materials such as tar, engine oil, beeswax, steel, worn-out rugs, and left-over consumer objects.

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