“There’s something rebellious about indulging in a time-consuming craft without it requiring purpose and utility.”
Yes! I’m going to remember this sentiment next time I see a complaint about yarn bombing’s wastefulness and how it serves no purpose. This is not true, of course, but even if it were true, why is yarn-based art often the target of such hostility? For me it’s a feminist question. When I come across complaints about yarn art, I’m reminded that yarn is still very much viewed as a craft material, as opposed to one for art, and crafting is often still thought of as women’s domain.
Let’s put it this way, do you think an artist like Jeffrey Koons would ever be asked, “why do you waste so much stainless steel when it could be used for cutlery, medical implants, or building materials for those less fortunate?” It’s easy to see how absurd the question is when it’s applied differently. No one would ever even think to ask Koons such a question in the first place.
A variation on this theme, Holmgren’s recent installation, “Material, Time and Space”, exists at the intersection of drawing and textiles and challenges the prejudiced expectations that are still imposed on textile art in general, but not at all directed against drawing.
:: Photographs by Geson Rathnow ::