Scutelliphily - a group show curated by Zoë Schneider

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  1. Artist Talk, Panel, Studio Visit or Workshop up to a maximum of four hours. Four offerings available on a first come first serve basis * no booking fee


Scutelliphily is a group exhibition of contemporary patches. This exhibition seeks to examine three central themes: personal branding, cultures of display, and the role of commodity in a non-traditional art context.

Patches are textural, symbolic, and imply the passing of an action or event. A patch has a rich history and can cover a wide variety of subjects, as well as being rooted in craft and fibre based technologies. Patches have served as an assertion of political alliance, aesthetic adornment, an ode to pop-culture, music promotion, branding, craftivism, etc. Patches are currently seeing a resurgence in a youth culture that is thoroughly informed by Instagram and Tumblr communities. The proliferation of a hyper stylized aesthetic coupled with the accessibility of products via web based commerce has seen this technology surge in popularity. Artists are utilizing the medium to commercialize their practice, participate in/criticize/glorify/acknowledge build-a-brand identity constructs, turn away from the institution in showing their work, and to explore notions of craft.

Fundamental to a patch is its connection to the body. This is an object whose agency is built upon its placement and movement through public life. This exhibition will consider the implications of moving a wearable object into the institution and off of the body, acknowledging the long-standing conversation on art and craft.

Much of the appeal of a patch comes from its accessibility. They are generally affordable, small, and easy to acquire. When an artist makes a patch what happens to the value of the object? How does their practice effect the perceived value of the patch? Is it still accessible? Is it still affordable? The push to create affordable, accessible art for non-traditional collectors found in craftivism and DIY art scenes will be at play in this exhibition as each artist has designed a saleable machine-made patch to be sold in each venue and online.

Scutelliphily invites the viewer to consider the essential narratives that are inherent within an artist made patch. This exhibition can open the door for unique public programming opportunities and workshops, and initiate a dialogue on commercialism, display, and identity branding.

To book contact the Visual Arts Coordinator at 204-943-0036.