January 22 , 2010– April 25, 2010 ---- Videos Online
Visual artist Anne Wilson has been at the forefront of artwork connecting conceptualism and handiwork, activism and aesthetics, investigating new possibilities for what has been called "relational aesthetics."
Wilson's practice extends the relational in terms of labor, collaboration, and identity construction, blending pedagogy with aesthetic production. Her work has been exhibited extensively including exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and as part of the 2002 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Anne Wilson: Wind/Rewind/Weave is an exhibition organized by the Knoxville Museum of Art, installed by Wilson to investigate the crisis of production and skill based textile labor. Included is Rewinds, a new work created entirely in glass; video documentation of Wind-Up: Walking the Warp, a 2008 performance in Chicago; and a large site-specific project, Local Industry, that takes the form of an active weaving/winding factory set up in the museum space. Run over the course of several months, this project will involve the Knoxville community in the collaborative production of a unique bolt of cloth.
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EXHIBITION RESEARCH DOCUMENT (1.31MB)
Anne Wilson and studio interns research utilizing libraries, the Internet, studio practices, interviews, and conversations. Kimberly Pence is the research lead. This is an in-process compilation of information, never intended to be comprehensive.
Local Industry at the Knoxville Museum of Art
Exhibition dates: January 22 - April 25, 2010
Experienced weavers from Knoxville and surrounding states, as well as a "Chicago to Knoxville" group of weavers, are invited to take turns weaving a continuous bolt of weft-faced, selvedge-to-selvedge, striped cloth. Once one weaver has completed a passage of stripes, the next weaver responds to that passage and continues weaving. Proceeding this way, although abstract, relates to the Surrealist exercise of "exquisite corpse" drawing. The completed cloth bolt will be given to the KMA collection with an archive of all who participated.
WOVEN STRIPES + BANDS (2.63MB)
This log presents a diversity of woven textiles showing warp stripes and weft bands from various countries and time periods. Libby O'Bryan was the primary researcher of images. Emily Nachison added material, color corrected, and formatted the images with text. Olivia Valentine worked from this image bank to create the flat screen display in the exhibition.
Log of sources 1 (4.29MB)
Log of sources 2 (3.9MB)
Log of sources 3 (3.55MB)
These logs present a diversity of locations of working weavers from various countries and time periods. Libby O'Bryan was the primary researcher of images. Emily Nachison added images, color corrected, and formatted the images with text. Emily Nachison worked from this image bank to create the display in the exhibition. This compilation will continue to grow.
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TOP: Anne Wilson, Rewinds (Detail), 2009
ABOVE: Anne Wilson, Wind-Up: Walking the Warp, 2008 A collaborative performance at Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, January 2008. Participants included Sara Rabinowitz, Carla Duarte, Annie Egleson, Surabhi Ghosh, Jongock Kim, Rosemary Lee, Christy Matson, Rachel Moore, Jeroen Nelemans, Rana Siegel, and Anne Wilson.
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