We seek the memories of interiors and cloth artifacts. We are entranced by pattern, frill as well as utility, a woven thing, a practical garment, the soft relations of the decorative. We are reminded of our bodies and persistent quotidian needs. Cloth is a temporality. It speaks of fast and slow, industrial, digital, and handmade, past and future.
We are held by a mystery, a nearly forgotten home, the gauze curtains filtering light over a plush toy on an impossibly scratchy plaid couch, the graze of goldenrod synthetic carpet on bare feet. Or a longing for the pilled texture of a well-worn sweatshirt, resting on and enveloping a body, a repaired favorite emanating warmth, sweat, traces of detergent.
We collect, pile, wear, wash, question, reuse, discard, forget, and refuse to throw away. We are simultaneously overwhelmed and comforted by a near-presence. Something in abundance of what we can touch. Something shrinks, rips, becomes obsolete, a rag for dusting. We shop, pile, toss, lose, share, mend, scour, and replace.
Fuzzy Daydream features new work from artists Lydia Diemer, Betsy Hunt, and Lindsey Schmitt. What we wear interacts with the human and non-human contexts that surround us, forging modes of personal expression, controversy, mimicry, and social camouflage. Clothes frame moments when aspects of the private go public, challenging cultural norms, creating space for contemplation, or staking a claim to joy. The artists examine the intertwining of aesthetic and socio-political histories and futures, informed by the agency of outfits and fabrics, facets of concealment and disclosure, impulsive actions and the reflexivity of trends.
The exhibition is accompanied by a zine, Fuzzy, a site of inquiry and haptic stimulation. The zine highlights the process of each artist and their exchanges over many months on fabric and use-value, labor, the residue of domesticity, and gendered associations.