Sweater #14, 15 and 16

Sweater 14Sweater 15Sweater 15 detailsSweater 16

Over the weekend, I participated in a local arts fair in Oak Park and used this time to promote Found Objects.  It was fascinating to hear responses from, “What does it do?” to “Can Barbie wear it?” and my favorite, “Why not just knit a sweater for a homeless guy.”  I love the opportunity to explore audience reaction to what I have been doing in the studio as I always find it such a litmus test to theories pondered upon while meticulously working on highly repetitive tasks.  It is not often that artists get the chance to hear direct feed back regarding their work.  In addition, due to the nature of the work being “hand-crafted”, knitted, etc., it brings upon it’s own set of assumptions such as taking very little time to complete or needing to be functional in some way.  Many people were surprised at how long it takes to knit one sweater (between 3 & 4 hours), and couldn’t understand that they weren’t for sale.  Also, I realize how little people read and the necessity for personal interaction for audiences to understand the concept behind the work.  Obviously, this work is for those that have the time and energy to devote in order to fully comprehend the work–often a neglected fact that artists overlook while working in the small self-serving environments we often place ourselves (such as the isolated studio concept).  In the end, only a few people took a card or two explaining the project. Looking forward to hearing future results of these collected objects.

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