Opening Friday, February 2nd, 6-9 PM
(DIS/RE)MEMBERING THE EMPIRE
New work by Liz Ensz & Ivan LOZANO
With Olive Stefanski “To Cradle a Kind Thought” in the Milwaukee Ave. window gallery
Ivan LOZANO enlists Google Image Search to find “difficult” digital images that he prints and transforms into packing tape photo-transfers. For this body of work, digital images of burning American flags are cropped and cut up to remove context and are then collaged into compositions inspired by visual and mythological elements in pre-Hispanic indigenous cultures.
In search of our underlying values and aspirations as individuals and as a society, Liz Ensz enlists the commemorative properties of textiles and cast metal to examine the designed and found icons of the American character. Works in this exhibition ruminate on capitalist theology and the complex moral calculus necessary for mass-cultural investment in disposability and the simultaneous human desire to imagine permanence through emblems, monuments, and self-celebration. While disparate intentions inform these impulses- one to remember, and the other to quickly forget- each will materially describe our society to future generations.
To Cradle a Kind Thought is collection of handwoven textiles and fiber art inspired by a desire to make tangible a feeling of bliss and to engage with the presence of rupture as a pathway towards growth and transformation. Each textile was handwoven on a floor loom, using techniques of inlay, plain weave, random treadling, rya knots and quadruple woven cloth. They are crafted with commercial yarn, handspun yarn made by the artist, gifted handspun yarn, and yarn that is hand dyed with natural dyes, such as indigo, avocado skins, onion skins and turmeric. The use of touch, time, labor and attention in the practice of making the material manifest is connected to a spiritual practice of care, nurturance and compassion. All of the work in the space as well as the window space itself has been given reiki, as to also attend to the energetic well being of the installation. To give time becomes a manifestation of love.