Opening reception 10/15 from 5-9pm! October 14, 2009 11:06

Craftland Gallery  

World of QueerCraft 10/15/09 - 11/21/09
Opening reception: Thursday, October 15th 5-9pm
Liz Collins, Michael DiPietro, Steven Frost, Monica Panzarino, Christopher Schulz, Anna Shapiro, Jason Tranchida, Matt Underwood 

World of Queercraft features work by eight artists, who present the world using both traditional craft methods and concepts traditionally thought of as gay, from rainbow flags to Barbra Streisand. Each piece pushes the meanings people give queer imagery, sometimes with unsettling and unexpected results. Matt Underwood's video work incorporates footage culled from gay adult websites, while Christopher Schulz's Pinups question preconceived ideas about pornography and the male body. Chicago artist Steven Frost sews merit badges for ordinary tasks, while Jason Tranchida needlepointed an enormous pink screw using peg board and flaggers' tape. There are some odd overlaps: Frost and Monica Panzarino both incorporate karaoke into their work, while Tranchida and RISD textiles professor Liz Collins both work with flags. Collins' Pride Blob stretches to over eighty feet when flat; the flag was created as part of a knitting performance in Waterplace Park in 2008.