ReFashion

August 19, 2016 - October 30, 2016

Opening August 19, 2016, form & concept presents ReFashion through October 30. “We’re basically playing with people’s expectations of what fashion or wearability is,” says Director and Curator, Frank Rose. “There’s an implicit exhibitionist quality in wearing any type of clothing and there are some fantastic artists that take this to another level – not only through works that are functionally wearable, but using fashion, clothing and wearables as a starting point for conceptual pieces.” Cross programming and promotion is presented in conjunction with the exhibition ReForm: Subversive Fashion at Central Features in Albuquerque, NM.



One of those artists is Mark Newport, Head of Fiber at the craft-centric Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Newport knits sweatersuits resembling outfits of would-be warm superheroes. These characters are childhood memories of the ultimate man – the Dad every boy wants, the man every boy wants to grow up to be. “The proportions of Batman 3 are based on those of a very muscular action figure, scaled up to my six-foot-tall height, resulting in a costume that is too large for me and that drapes and sags even more than the others,” says Newport. Newport’s hand knit acrylic re-creations of these heroes’ costumes combine their heroic, protective, ultra-masculine, yet vulnerable personae with the protective gestures of his mother – hand knit acrylic sweaters meant to keep him safe from New England winters.



Also in the exhibition is Arizona-based artist Angela Ellsworth. Ellsworth, a professor at Arizona State University, was recently featured in Looking Forward, Looking Back at the New Mexico Museum of Art in 2015. Ellsworth’s series, Seer Bonnets, is an ongoing series of sculptural pioneer bonnets covered in

thousands of steel, pearl-tipped corsage pins that create subtle patterns on the exteriors and sharp, rugged interiors. Standing in for the estimated thirty-five wives of Joseph Smith, the bonnets become the “tools of translation” which allow these resilient wives to see messages and translate them into visions. This is a nod to the tools Smith used to translate the Book of Mormon. Ellsworth re-imagines this community of women with their own visionary and revelatory powers, as they pioneer new personal histories. Ellsworth’s work in the exhibition depicts two bonnets merging together and utilizes the opposing forces of fabric and steel to demonstrate the stark understanding of women who are confined to domesticity under Mormonism.



Artists included in ReFashion are: Megan Burns (NM), Peter Clouse (MI), Annica Cuppetelli (MI), Seth Damm + Debra Baxter (LA + NM), Angela Ellsworth (AZ), Owen Gordon (CO), Jennifer Henry (NV), Jeanne Medina (VA), Kacie Smith (NM), and Jason Villegas (NY).


Artwork in the Exhibition

Angela Ellsworth
They Long to Be
18in x 27in x 13in

Debra Baxter
Breastplate (Voice in my Chest)
18in x 12.5in x 3in

Debra Baxter
Breastplate (Shielded)
16in x 13in x 4in

Debra Baxter
Breastplate (Reveal)
18in x 11in x 3in

Jeanne Medina
Convergent Dimensions Garments for Shapeshifters: Garment No. 3
48in x 24in

Jeanne Medina
Convergent Dimensions Garments for Shapeshifters: Garment No. 1
144in x 24in

Jeanne Medina
Convergent Dimensions Garments for Shapeshifters: Garment No. 4
78in x 26in

Jennifer Henry
A Veil of Glamor
96in x 96in

Owen Gordon
Waisting Time
47in x 36in x 36in

Owen Gordon
Owen Self Portrait
97in x 24in x 24in

Annica Cuppetelli
Body Vessel #2
60in x 24in x 24in

Annica Cuppetelli
Body Vessel
72in x 36in x 36in

Annica Cuppetelli
Approaching Embrace
48in x 36in x 29in

Peter Clouse
Boundless
48in x 39in

Peter Clouse
Mortality
28in x 54in

Mark Newport
Ribbed
80in x 23in x 6in

Mark Newport
F Man
80in x 23in x 6in

Mark Newport
Argyleman
80in x 23in x 6in

Mark Newport
Batman 3
80in x 27in x 6in

Mark Newport
Bobbleman
80in x 23in x 6in

Mark Newport
Sweaterman 3
80in x 23in x 6in

Mark Newport
Rawhide Kid
80in x 23in x 6in

DB/CB + Neon Zinn
Pyrite
12in x 8in x 1in

DB/CB + Neon Zinn
Labradorite
0in x 0in

DB/CB + Neon Zinn
Quartz Crystal
0in x 0in

DB/CB + Neon Zinn
Smokey Quartz
0in x 0in

DB/CB + Neon Zinn
Quartz Crystal II
0in x 0in

Kacie Erin Smith
Warmth Backpack
24in x 14in x 8in

Kacie Erin Smith
Biscuits Backpack
24in x 12in x 8in

Kacie Erin Smith
Refresh Backpack
16in x 8in x 4in

Megan Burns
Shorts
18in x 16in

Megan Burns
Dress
30in x 16in

Megan Burns
Shirt
20in x 18in

Angela Ellsworth
Tickler #5
2.25in x 2.25in x 2in

Angela Ellsworth
Tickler #3
6in x 3.12in x 4.3in

Angela Ellsworth
Tickler #4
1.75in x 3.12in x 2.75in

Angela Ellsworth
Tickler #2
3.25in x 3in x 3in

Angela Ellsworth
Tickler #1
4in x 4in x 4in

Megan Burns
Dirt
3in x 43in x 7in

Jason Villegas
Part of the Crowd
36in x 60in