Works by five Los Angeles-based artists from the recently launched coffee table book, “Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community,” are on display at Arcana: Books on the Arts in Culver City
The book, co-edited by Todd Oldham, the New York-based designer, and John Chaich, a curator, designer and writer, is published by AMMO Books.
On view at Arcana is fiber and textile work by Diedrick Brackens, Ben Cuevas, Aubrey Longley-Cook, Maria E. Pineres and Nathan Vincent. Spanning video to soft sculpture and wall-work, the pieces on view range from life-sized knit and crochet urinals to a stop-motion animation based on needle-point scenes from RuPaul’s “Supermodel” video.
“From the groundbreaking Womanhouse at CalArts in 1972 to the fiber program at CSU Long Beach to spaces like Branch Gallery and the Craft and Folk Art Museum today, Los Angeles has a vibrant connection to fiber art, textile, and crafts,” said co-editor Chaich. “These five LA-based artists from the “Queer Threads” book and exhibition merge this fiber art legacy and the history and visibility of the LGBTQ community here.”
The five artists are among 30 featured in “Queer Threads,” which surveys contemporary queer artists working in fiber and crafts and includes interviews from some of today’s most influential members of the LGBTQ cultural community.
The 192-page volume spotlights an international, intergenerational, intersectional mix of artists who are reconsidering the binaries of art and craft, masculine and feminine, gay and straight by remixing fiber craft traditions such as crochet, embroidery, macramé, quilting and sewing.
Featured interviews in the book include those with Jonathan Adler, Justin Vivian Bond, Costello Tagliapietra, Michael Cunningham, Tim Gunn, Kathleen Hanna, Bill T. Jones, Glenn Ligon, JD Samson and Mickalene Thomas.
Other featured artists from across the world include Nick Cave, Chiachio and Giannone, Harmony Hammond, Sheila Pepe and Athi-Patra Ruga.
“When I saw the ‘Queer Threads’ exhibition, I was so enamored with the technical skill and diverse ideas that these artists bring to hand-made traditions,” Oldham said. “This book celebrates not just fiber art, but queer creativity, which feels all the more necessary and vital in today’s political climate.”
The exhibition remains on view through June 24 at Arcana, which is at 8675 Washington Blvd. in Culver City. Arcana is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The book can be purchased there or online at Ammobooks.com.
More images from the book and the exhibit are on the pages that follow: