Friday, 27 September 2019

Gossamer: A New Exhibition Of Artists Who Work With Tights and Stockings

This weekend the Carl Freedman Gallery, in Margate, Kent, is opening a new exhibition featuring artists who have used tights and stockings within their practice, as material or image.

GOSSAMER curated by artist Zoe Bedeaux, is the second exhibition at the gallery’s new Margate space and will feature works from early-twentieth century pioneers including Man Ray and Louise Bourgeois through to celebrated figures including Sarah Lucas and extend to contemporary talent such as Enam Gbewonyo and Ma Qiusha.

Turiya Magadlela, Walking Towards God in Green (2019), nylon and cotton pantyhose and sealant on canvas

GOSSAMER is sponsored by our friends at Heist.

Curater Zoe Bedeaux explains some of the background to the exhibition:

"Hosiery in the context of art inspires a complex multi-layered emotional dialogue. The emotions are dependent on the viewer and the agency the artist allows the material to convey. What appears to be folly on the surface is extremely complex and deep. Tights represent the skin we are in and opens up a myriad of worlds and underlying socio-political subtexts. It is my hope that these will be the portals through which the viewer will journey. It has been such an exciting process curating a show that brings together these extraordinary works that explore the alchemy of hosiery."

Not One More” (2003) by María Ezcurra.

Toby Darbyshire, Heist Founder and CEO, shares why Heist are backing the new show:

"Heist is thrilled to be the sponsor for 
GOSSAMER. Zoe Bedeaux has brought together 22 artists who have all worked in the medium of hosiery to do something totally original. Since we built Heist by reinventing hosiery, we can’t wait to see each artist’s approach to the product we live and breathe every day." 

You can read more about the exhibition in a piece by Hettie Judah in the Guardian: Tights in art: why nylons are fetish and fantasy gold.

And check out the article by Rachel Felder in the New York Times, Pantyhose That Make You Think.

We hope to bring you more coverage of GOSSAMER soon. Stay tuned.

As Heist are the exhibition's sponsor, it's a good time to remind you about Heist's series of FAQs that provide guidance for men thinking about buying Heist tights.

You can also read Hosiery For Men's complete guide for men buying Heist tights, where you get detailed advice on sizing and links to reviews of the whole Heist tights range.

GOSSAMER is open from 20 September to 15 December 2019.

1 comment:

  1. I visited the exhibition yesterday. Three large rooms of tights related art. Well worth a look. Free entry and newspaper explaining the exhibition. Mill lane car park is about 2 minutes walk. The gallery is tucked away in Union Crescent opposite the big church (now used as mosque). Tricky to find because there are hoardings and building work at the front. Theyve painted on the hoarding showing the way in.