Visual Arts Program

Saturday, June 16, 2007 — Saturday, July 21, 2007

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
The National Endowment for The Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for The Visual Arts

Alicia Ross


Presented at:

Alicia Ross - <em>Samplers</em>
Alicia Ross - <em>Samplers</em>
Alicia Ross - <em>Samplers</em>
Alicia Ross - <em>Samplers</em>

Samplers by Alicia Ross is a series of images of women, downloaded from the web, removed from their original context, and reconfigured through a program that converts pixels into cross-stitch. Using the sewing machine as a drawing instrument, Ross combines a digital and handmade aesthetic, though a difference of approach relies upon similar choices—where to 'stitch,' what lines to include or exclude, and the determination of color. While the work draws a comparison between the domestic woman and the woman of sexual desire. Ross' maneuver is deceptive in this regard. The Samplers present themselves as pin-ups, though they do not all originate as mediated images from pornography. Some poses were drawn directly from art historical or fashion imagery, thereby connecting all potential genre sources through the consistency of the gaze—not merely the gaze of the viewer toward the viewed, but the gaze returned.

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June, 2007 - 2007