Thursday, April 3, 2014

Art in the Loo

Amos' Woven Basket/Bowls on Urinal
In 1917, French Dadaist Marcel Duchamp entered a urinal in an exhibition to challenge the preconception about what art can be. The Craft(s) Gallery, 572 S. 4th St., is taking the concept a step further by hosting an actual art show in the gallery’s bathroom. “Art in the Loo” is an exhibition of new work by artists Suzanne Edds and Michelle Amos. The gallery will host an artists’ reception during the First Friday Gallery Hop on April 4 from 6pm to 10pm.

Suzanne Edds' Body Part Mandula Pieces above Urinal  
Edds, co-owner of Liberty Art & Tattoo, will drape the Craft(s) Gallery bathroom walls with a series of sensual images that have been printed on skin-like canvas and mounted on wood. Edds says the pieces were inspired by body parts, but she has focused so closely on specific shapes that the images have become abstract. Amos’ contributions are more utilitarian. She plans to fill the space with functional items like hand-stitched bowls filled with face scrubbies, ring dishes in spring colors, robes, and bed jackets.

Amos' Bath robe
Amos' dish with face scrubbies

Amos says the show came about because she and Edds both thought the colorful decorations and art hanging in the Craft(s) Gallery bathroom made it feel like an extension of the exhibition space. “We both love the bathroom at the gallery,” she explains. “We hope this show encourages people to look at the space, and maybe their own bathrooms, in a different way.”
All work will be available for purchase starting Friday, April 4 through April 30 at Crafts Gallery Only. 
Amos' decorative bathroom fabric piece with two nesting bowls and hand woven re-usable cotton balls Gallery is a contemporary and traditional art gallery created by Karen Welch and David McGuire in the summer of 2013. Craft(s) features fine artisan craft by local and national artists.
Craft(s) Gallery is housed in the historic Guthrie Coke building at 572 South Fourth Street at the corner of Fourth and Chestnut Streets in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.In the emerging neighborhood of SOFO, South Fourth Street, Craft(s) is positioned between the renowned Brown Hotel and the iconic Seelbach Hilton Hotel. Another historic neighbor of note is The Palace Theater.Hours:Monday–Friday: 10am–6pm; Saturday: 12-6pm;Closed Sunday
502.584.7636 (SOFO)

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