Exhibition Opening: Fashionably Late

Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 4:00pm
Julia's Gallery for Young Artists
Julia's Gallery for Young Artists at the Farnsworth Art Museum invites you to the opening reception for Fashionably Late, a juried exhibition showcasing teen artwork that explores the ways in which identity, history and culture shape fashion. The reception, which will be open to the public and free of charge, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at Julia’s Gallery, on the corner of Union and Elm Streets in Rockland.
Following a statewide call for art for the Fashionably Late show, the Julia’s Gallery staff received 113 submissions from 101 teen artists, representing 43 towns and 25 schools in Maine. After an intensive jurying process, the staff decided upon 50 creative pieces for the Fashionably Late exhibit, including canvas paintings, masks, apparel constructed from traditional and non-traditional materials, bags, drawings, hats, sculptures and collages. In unique and diverse ways, the artwork expresses personal and cultural identities, the influence of fashion on people and society and fashion as a lens through which to view history.
In addition to creating the artwork, teen artists were invited to submit artist statements. Madeline Owen, a senior at Camden Hills Regional High School, reflected on Bird Woman, her wool, cotton and acrylic fiber knitted creation: “What intrigues me most is clothing that is meant to mask a person’s identity altogether—so that the clothing becomes a symbol or statement for and about a culture rather than a statement about an individual.” Honor Wilkinson, a senior at Calais High School, explained her mixed media fabric collage, Eveningwear: “I see both architecture and clothing as ‘constructed’ pieces with common design elements evolving in periods of history. The buildings are wearing the fabrics of fashion, which mimic the forms and designs of the architecture: wool, silk and stitches become brick, steel and glass.”
Fashionably Late, which runs in conjunction with another Farnsworth exhibition, Elegantly Attired: Victorian Attire and Accessories in Coastal Maine, will be on display from November 21 through December 31, 2009. It is supported in part by Barbara and Peter McSpadden. During the exhibition, Julia’s Gallery will be open Wednesday through Friday, 3 to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The gallery will be closed on holidays. Save the date for a special gallery talk with the Julia’s Gallery staff curators on Wednesday, December 16 at 3 p.m.
Congyu E (Lee Academy), Untitled, 2009, Colored Pencil
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