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Kimberly Joy Trathen – Dutchman’s Puzzle – November 2018

Solo Exhibition of reclaimed leather quilts by Kimberly Joy Trathen

Opening November 10, 2018  – 6-9pm

Dutchman's Puzzle by Kimberly Joy Trathen

The textiles and garments that surround us silently accompany us through the unfolding experiences of our lives. New stories are gathered. New histories are created. The materials become charged with a spirit that is not reproducible – a kind of social life or aura created by its own unique history.
I create new work from old things: new bags from discarded leather coats, wallets from unwanted jackets, quilts from textile and leather remnants. For this body of work, I have woven scraps from previous projects into new works. The result is a charged piece of art, activated not only by my own hands, but from the material’s previous lives. Another layer is added to its history.
The humble roots of this practice – mostly utilitarian work-clothes quilts – fascinate me. They have helped inspire and guide my work in its present direction. The current exhibition explores variations on the traditional quilt pattern, Dutchman’s Puzzle.
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The Unknown with Stephanie Nilles & Thomas Deakin

October 13th, 2018.

Gradient transforms into a Prohibition-era art house theatre as Stephanie Nilles and Thomas Deakin perform a live, original musical score to Tod Browning’s 1927 silent horror film The Unknown (Lon Chaney, Joan Crawford).

“On the run from the law, Alonzo (Lon Chaney) hides in the circus as The Armless Wonder — a performer who uses his feet to hurl knives. Alonzo actually has the use of his arms but keeps them concealed so that his true identity remains under wraps. Meanwhile, Alonzo falls in love with another performer, Nanon (Joan Crawford), who has a phobia against being touched by a man. But when the circus owner (Nick De Ruiz) discovers Alonzo’s true identity, the performer makes a tragic decision.”