Sunday, 9 January 2011

Wired at the Tate

Happy new year! Sorry I've been a bit quiet lately, but I do have a good excuse for this: AW 11 is well under way. It has, however, slightly taken over my life. And then along came Christmas....

Anyway! There was (thankfully) time for a bit of relaxation this weekend. As it was so beautifully sunny today we decided it would be daft not to go for a bike ride and ended up at the Tate Modern. After being slightly awestruck by Ai Weiwei's sunflower seeds in the Turbine Hall (if you haven't seen them yet, check it out. It was better than I expected), we took a stroll around. As I'm always on the look out for all things knitted, I was struck by the work of Italian artist Marisa Merz.

Three of the four pieces on display in the Tate were constructed using wire and a set of trusty knitting needles. According to the accompanying blurb, Merz often includes aspects of crafts and practices traditionally associated with women in her work. How nice it is to see knitting recognised by the art community, especially somewhere like the Tate.

The images below (Untitled, 1969 followed by Untitled (Little Shoe), 1968) were just two of the pieces we saw this morning:
[Images taken from the Tate website]

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