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Fashion Performance: "CarWash Collective"

  • Susan Inglett Gallery 522 West 24th Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

From Jennifer Minniti, Chair of the Department of Fashion at Pratt Institute:

In conjunction with Beverly Semmes’ exhibition Bow at Susan Inglett Gallery, the Gallery is pleased to debut the CarWash Collective label Saturday, October 14 at 5 PM. A collaboration between the artist and designer Jennifer Minniti, Chair of Pratt’s Fashion Department, CarWash Collective establishes a new politic of clothing with ”take back the image” urgency.

CarWash Collective finds its visual and conceptual source in Semmes’ recent Feminist Responsibility Project. These original works on paper begin with pages torn from porn magazines censored and edited by the artist to refocus the original content. Fabric, digitally printed incorporating these altered images, becomes the raw material for Minniti’s work as she combines engineered cuts and construction with Semmes raw mark making. By taking control of the image, first as drawing then as clothing, the process comes full circle ultimately returning the image to the body in a final act of defiance.

Susan Inglett Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM and is located at
522 West 24th Street. Beverly Semmes’ “Bow” runs to 21 October. For additional information please contact Susan Inglett Gallery at 212 647 9111 or Join in the conversation with Susan Inglett Gallery and Beverly Semmes on Instagram (@susaninglettgallery) (@beverlysemmesstudio) (@minnitibklyn), Facebook (@Susan Inglett Gallery), Twitter (@inglettgallery), and via the hashtags #BeverlySemmesStudio #CarWashcollective and #SusanInglettGallery. 

I have the distinct pleasure of walking as a model for this performance.