Jean Alexander Frater: Borrowed at Spaceworks

Oct 3, 2017

September 15 – October 1, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 15, 6:00-9:00pm

Spaceworks Gowanus
540 President St Lower-Level
Brooklyn, NY

Borrowed is a collection of works inspired by textile techniques and traditions.

There has been a longstanding debate about the value of the fine or “high arts” verses craft or the “applied arts.” As a part of the later, weaving, sewing, embroidery, etc. have historically been relegated to a lower status than the more celebrated arts of painting, drawing and sculpture. The tastemakers and writers of art history, themselves predominantly Eurocentric and male, viewed textiles as too utilitarian, too feminine, and too steeped in tradition to be a valid mode of expression.

However, many of today’s artists are unconcerned with this distinction. Rather than embracing limiting philosophies and labels, these makers intersperse textile techniques, traditions and concepts into their art. With one foot in each world, they see the infinite potential of textiles to push their art in new and innovative ways.

Featured Artists
Jean Alexander Frater
Tegan M. Brozyna
Delphine Hennelly
Taylor McMahon
Rose Nestler

The exhibition and the opening reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from noon – 3:00pm or by appointment. For press inquires and additional information please contact