Cold Cut: Greta Grip and Erin Robertson at Wurm Gallery
Greta Grip and Erin Robertson at Wurm
One Month Exhibit
March 29th – April 25th, 2012
Greta Grip and Erin Robertson play with their food. Meat in particular. Vanitas is a term for 17th-century Dutch still-life paintings often included imagery such as rotting meat, candles and skulls; reminders of our mortality. Jana Sterbak’s 1987, Vanitas: Flesh Dress for An Albino Anorectic. Sterbak’s intention was to address issues of fashion, consumption and the body, as “you are what you wear”.
Cold Cut introduces Greta Grip’s Homage to Artist Series which begins with a knitted Meat Dress. This Meat Dress, inspired by Jana Sterbak, was stitched together with fifteen knitted flank steaks. It was then scanned onto machine knitted fabric that can be purchased and worn by many. A QR (Quick Response) Code was generated in order to connect the machine knitted fabric to the hand knitted Meat Dress. Grip plays with the historically, slow and meticulous method of hand knitting with contemporary, instantly reproducible attained scans and QR codes. Robertson’s oil paintings of flesh and bone, in contrast explore the visceral in her interpretation of momento mori.
Cold Cut opens Thursday March 29, 7pm at Wurm Gallery, located in Invisible Cinema 319 Lisgar St. Ottawa. Food and drink will be served. This event is sponsored by Murray Street Kitchen Wine Charcuterie. Vegetarian snacks courtesy of the video vegans.
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