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Leah Virsik: Above and Below

August 21 - September 5

free
A swatch of sew-together pieces of denim fabric in different shades of blue. Together they make a rough rectangle shape, with frayed edges hanging from the bottom edge.

The Japanese word for cut, kire, is more connected to aesthetics than its English counterpart. The aim of cutting is to create ma, a word that roughly translates as negative space or betweennes. Through an act of unmaking, Leah Virsik uses shears to dissect and strip the functionality of clothing focusing on the material’s meaning. Denim jeans, made of cotton and indigo, are deeply rooted in slavery and one can’t speak of clothing without acknowledging the human body. This work speaks of the artist’s complicity in systemic racial injustice. She exposes seams from below the surface, cuts and assembles individual flies, and rolls up balls of jean strips. No longer a castoff, this material is imbued with potentiality. Virsik’s process of close examination remakes her.

Details

Start:
August 21
End:
September 5
Cost:
free
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Website:
http://mercurytwenty.com/exhibition/leah-virsik-above-and-below/

Organizer

Mercury 20 Gallery
Phone:
5107014620
Email:
mercurytwenty@gmail.com
Website:
http://mercurytwenty.com/

Other

Accessibility
Wheelchair accessible
Diversity
BIPOC-owned, BIPOC-curated, BIPOC artist(s), Women-owned, Women curated, Women artist(s), LGBTQIA+ owned, LGBTQIA+ curated, LGBTQIA+ artist(s)
Event Type
Gallery
Visitor Info
Open

Venue

Mercury 20 Gallery
475 25th Street
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Phone:
5107014620
Website:
http://mercurytwenty.com/