Aug 5th 2022

Millicent Kennedy: Misfit Muses

@ Belong Gallery

2712 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Opening Friday, August 5th, from 7PM - 10PM

On view through Saturday, September 10th

Belong Gallery is pleased to present Millicent Kennedy’s solo exhibition, Misfit Muses, opening Friday, August 5, from 7-10 PM with drinks generously provided by Orkenoy.

If you manufacture for a specific desire what happens when that desire shifts? What are the repercussions on the physical object that’s still here? We don’t own shadows.

Obsolescence features a series of stretched quilted works made by dismantling inoperable tools and tech and quilting them between prismatic textiles. Their encapsulated and homogenized presentation conjure similarities to fossils. The objects are both preserved and buried.

When they were produced, these advancements were created on a mass scale, and like all material culture, reflect our desires from their time of use. These objects designed and built by so many hands, are held by hands once more to be dissected and shrouded, contrasting processes of labor, mass production and slow stitch.

What We Kept is the partner series to Obsolescence and sources materials from donors. The artist asks participants to donate items that they are ready to let go of and asks them to share the story of how these things came into their lives, and why they are ready to let go of them.

This process pairs what can be a solitary process of hand quilting with storytelling and community. It allows space for all manner of human stories retold through objects. Cumulatively these works are a study in breaking down and abstracting form, the lasting or temporary nature of design and what it means to mend, and archive.

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