AMENDING: GARMENTS BETWEEN WOMEN
A POP-UP SHOP by Taylor Pollack & Airyka Rockefeller
THE THING Quarterly is pleased to host San Francisco-based artists Airyka Rockefeller and Taylor Pollack in their first creative collaboration: Amending: Garments Between Women. Taylor and Airyka bring together a selection of women’s garments, functional vessels and ephemeral offerings in order to highlight the blurry zone between ‘retail’ and ‘art’ spaces, high-art and living-art, and to consider the simultaneous, seemingly contrary philosophies of material-cravings and minimalist-longings.
We consider the garments we wear and the vessels we use daily to be living-arts, and as such, key aspects of our lives as artists. We believe that what we bring into our homes and wear on our bodies should be playful and sane, as functional as it is pleasing.
With this in mind, we’ve collected a group of women’s garments inspired by the lineage of clothing-swaps and by the principle of parting ways with belongings as others materialize. Like a quintessential garment that is mailed between two friends over the years, we are drawn to objects with shared history, objects which compel a second/third/tenth life, and which have had, and will have, many owners over time. We believe in improving a well-designed, well-worn piece rather than discarding it. We’ve made alterations to some of our collection: a raw cut here, new seam there, a change of button, or long dip in a dye bath; essentially these alterations are minimal, a mending of sorts.
We ask ourselves why we feel a powerful need to constantly bring things home alongside a parallel longing to let go of our varied possessions. Even as we simultaneously admire the tenants of minimalism, we sway again and again into ‘maximalism.’ Our response to this discrepancy in ourselves is to start a practice of collecting wherein our items are gathered only to pass along. We invite visitors to dismantle our collection and build their own.
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