UPSTATE Gallery on Main in downtown Spartanburg, S.C., presents Heirloom-Worthy, a selection of recent work by Chapel Hill, N.C., multidisciplinary-artist, Stacy Bloom Rexrode. The exhibition, which opens on September 6 and runs through October 29, 2016, highlights pieces from her series Quasi-Delft Bequest. An artist’s reception will take place from 5 – 8 p.m. September 15.
Rexrode’s thematically rich work combines reexamination and process to create correlations between society’s disregard for both women and the environment, upending preconceived notions of cultural sanction and material integrity. Utilizing traditionally feminine disciplines such as crochet and incorporating repurposed, disposable household materials, Rexrode creates works that are witty, double-edged, and thought-provoking contemplations of our uncertain legacies for future generations.
“An heirloom can be an object, but can also be associated with tradition and heritage,” Rexrode said. “It is our connection to these objects and the circumstances surrounding them that reveal emotional attachments as well as tangible ones. I am exploring material and cultural value, the affirmation of labor, and the role of the artist’s hand in the production of these objects; but more broadly, I use the context of “handing down” objects as a reflection of what we will leave behind for the next generations.”
The exhibit features approximately 12 works, incorporating both installations and sculptural still life pieces. Included is Rexrode’s sardonic and simultaneously playful installation Quasi-Delft Bequest, an assemblage of 43 plastic plates and three plastic vases decorated with blue permanent marker in the style of Delft china. Several of Rexrode’s floral still-life panels and zip-tie crochet pieces are also on view.
Based in Chapel Hill, Rexrode completed the studio MFA program at The University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 2014 and completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center on an artist’s merit grant. Rexrode was a Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship and International Sculpture Center Student Award Nominee. She has exhibited nationally, including at Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, N.C.; Dalton Gallery of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga.; MINT Gallery, Atlanta, Ga.; Room 100 Gallery, Durham, N.C., and SouthFirst Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
For further information about Stacy Bloom Rexrode visit her website (http://www.stacybloomrexrode.com).