Art That’s Never Too Worn

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Published February 4, 2010

 

Whether filled with concrete or crotchless, the depiction of fabric in David Rimanelli’s exhibition, “Denim,” at New York University’s 80WSE Gallery extends well beyond the bounds of the material. Using the blue jean as a platform to clothing as a uniform, as a means of expressing social or sexual identity, the exhibition also highlights our ability to rebrand ourselves depending on our attire. Complicating the reading of literal materiality with abstraction and metaphor, Rimanelli curates a show of artworks by 11 artists created over the last 40 years. He explains the bias against exhibitions on fashion, and how to get more action out of your pants. CLICK FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW.

DENIM IS ON VIEW THROUGH MARCH 13. 80WSE GALLERY IS LOCATED AT 80 WASHINGTON SQUARE EAST.
UNTITLED (HANNA AND KLARA LIDEN), COURTESY THE ARTISTS