K.OSS Contemporary Art is pleased to present a collection of work by Detroit fiber artist Annica Cuppetelli.
The exhibit, "Measures of Constriction," reveals a long-running theme in Cuppetelli’s work -- the intervention of fashion on the female body.
Interested in how fashion is tailored to constrict the female figure and ultimately, to transform it, the artist borrows techniques and materials from garment-making to create forms that evoke fashion but function instead as sculpture and space. They are at once ethereal and sculptural, imperfect yet refined. The use of boning as a material recalls the corset, while weaving and basketry reference traditional techniques associated with female labor. Instead of adhering to the conventions of wrapping and concealing typical of fashion design, Cuppetelli uses form, technique and materials to confront deeper questions about the female body and identity.
Spanning a decade of impressive solo and group exhibits around the world, she has regularly collaborated with Cristobal Mendoza (their previous joint exhibit “Linear Cycle #4” was shown at the K.OSS Contemporary Art gallery). A graduate of CCS (BFA, Fiber and Ceramics) and Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, Fiber), Cuppetelli is a Kresge Arts Fellow, as well as a previous artist in residence at Wassaic Projects and Santa Fe Art Institute, among others. She is a lecturer at the Stamps School of Art and Design and an instructor at CCS.
The exhibition will be on view from January 11th through March 2nd, 2019.
K.OSS Contemporary Art has been made possible in part by the Artist Fund of the New York Foundation for the Arts
Panel Discussion: Measures of Constriction (Part 1)
K.OSS Contemporary Art is pleased to present a panel discussion with Annica Cuppetelli (fiber artist, a lecturer at Stamps School of Art & Design and instructor at College for Creative Studies) and Lynn Crawford (fiction writer, art critic and a founding board member of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit - MOCAD) about the three-way intersection--and resulting complexities--of fashion, fiction and other creative expression. Moderated by Michael Stone Richards (professor at the CCS, a founding editor of the Detroit Research Journal, a member of the American Comparative Literature, Modern Language and Modernist Studies Associations, 2018 Andy Warhol Foundation Grant recipient).
Panel Discussion: Measures of Constriction, Q&A (Part 2)