KNITTING NATION 15 in the Observer

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Liz Collins, Knitting Nation, Phase 8, Installation view, ICA Boston, 2011.

Liz Collins, “Knitting Nation,” Phase 8, Installation view, ICA Boston, 2011. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Performance: “Liz Collins’ Knitting Nation 15” at the Museum of Arts and Design
This time-based installation and live labor performance spans a six-hour session on Sunday afternoon with a crew of professional weavers turning the museum’s atrium into a virtual knitting factory. Working under Ms. Collins’ direction, the team plans to construct a fabric wall that will amusingly merge with the museum’s architecture by climbing its stairwell over the course of time. Presented in conjunction with MAD’s current film and installation exhibition “In Time (The Rhythm of the Workshop),” the performance shines a light on workers interacting with machines, as well as the rewards that are gained by collective labor.
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, New York, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free with museum admission 





PRESS RELEASE            For Immediate Release: October 31, 2014

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featuring a collaboration with Harry Allen

November 22 – December 20, 2014

Heller Gallery in association with the American Design Club are pleased to present Having It All, an exhibition of works by American artist and designer Liz Collins. A curated selection of original pieces as well as limited edition items from her Optic Home Collection, will be on display, arriving just in time for the holidays. The exhibition will also feature pieces made in collaboration with designer Harry Allen.

In both her artworks and her home textiles Collins uses the universal language of bold lines, repeated stripes and jagged lighting bolts in vivid colors. The hard-edged shapes act like the caution chevrons and zig zags on trucks or traffic signage that warn you to watch out. Layers of pattern assert themselves with explosive energy and create a deep clash of alluring sensuality. Everything is covered with pattern and the space is made to glow.

Recognized internationally for her use of machine knitting to create groundbreaking clothing, textiles, and installation, Collins has elevated the relevance of yarn and extended the use of textiles beyond the body and moved them into space and architecture. In her work art and applied design coexist: a painting is a rug is a blanket is a dress is wallpaper.


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