Ellen Schinderman curated the first part of her contemporary needlepoint exhibit Home is Where The Needle Marks at (Sub)Urban Home, with a second round of art to follow on Saturday, June 16th at PopTART gallery. After building a network of artists working within the medium via personal interactions and social media sites like Flickr, Ellen assembled a group that is really pushing the boundaries of concept and subject matter. For example, Mark Bieraugel presented several pieces that featured the titles of porno mags he used to keep hidden in his room as a teenager, which were hand sewn onto camouflage patterns – in essence, still keeping them hidden. There was also Robert Marbury who took pictures of graffiti in bathroom stalls and turned them into circular pieces that you’d expect to see in a wonderful little old lady’s house, except for the fact they say things like “I heart boobs” and “I heart dicks for din-din.”
Not all the artists in the exhibit had erotic tones though. Xiang Gao’s piece had to do with his personal geography and utilized this interesting technique of embroidering onto a transparent layer so it appeared as though the thread was suspended mid air. Or, there was Sarah Corbett from The Craftivist Collective who made needlepoint bombs to place around the city as positive reminders, which say things like ”Charity begins at home, but should never end there” and “People who are homeless are not social inadequates. They are people without homes.”
Due to the beauty of the Internet, the artists in the show came from all over the world, and even though their practices are as different as salt and pepper the work all fit beautifully together.