Growing up in Maryland, many of our field trips from elementary and middle school consisted of traveling to Washington DC to visit the museums. From an early age, this set the tone for my love to explore and imagine when it came to learning about art and history from a visual perspective. Now that I'm older, I try my best to visit my local museums and even the museums when I'm traveling. So, for my brother's birthday, he suggested that we go visit the Baltimore Museum of Art to view the exhibit, "Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art." The exhibit features visual art from black artists - highlighting their contributions.
While viewing the pieces, I was pleasantly surprised to come across two pieces that transformed clothing items into art. I mean, the pictures do not do these pieces justice because the colors literally jump out at you and its so well put together.
The first piece that I observed utilizing clothing as art was the piece from Shinique Smith. The artist used clothing items from her closet, close family and friends, and her sourced her local Goodwill to create this piece. She stated that she didn't have to dye the clothes which included a variety of mixtures and textures. I actually think this is a great idea especially if you have clothes that may be slightly damaged. However, I would use a shadow box or a frame to store my artwork because I doubt that my collection would be as large as this piece.
The second piece which was created by Kevin Beasley who showcased, deconstructed New York Yankees caps. After the hats were split and covered with resin, then the hats were arranged in a bouquet of flowers. Again, these pictures don't do this piece any justice because it was extremely large and eye-catching.
Front view and back view of the New York Yankee hats.
I absolutely loved this portrait because of the simple elegance of it all and the orange pop of color. I could definitely envision having a piece similar to this displayed in my home.
I always discuss the importance of being sustainable and how you should re-purpose your pieces if they're still in good use. But I never considered creating art with my clothes. I'm not a huge fan of abstract art but I really enjoyed viewing these two pieces that aligned with my the work that I do. Being able to view these creative pieces was a reminder that no matter where I go, I can always find something that leads me back to my purpose. If you are in the area then be sure to get out and explore this exhibit.
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