Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Wall Necklace Piece (otherworldly I), 2022, Chains and snap hooks, 280 x 170 x 220 cm, courtesy of the artists and Marcelle Alix, Paris. Photography by Connolly Weber Photography.
Always Thinking Like A Scrim: Part 2
Jun 16 – Aug 11, 2024
Shimmer
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

A scrim (mesh fabric) is a lightweight, open-weave fabric used primarily in theatrical performances and veils. Depending on the lighting, the scrim can be visible or invisible, and it often serves as reinforcement for repairing damaged fabrics. Etel Adnan and Lynn Marie Kirby wrote “Always Thinking Like A Scrim”, just as a scrim can be both visible and invisible, depending on the light, our experience of the world is shaped by multiple, often overlapping facets.

For this unfolding show, Shimmer’s explores the lifecycle of fabric, and through the action of making, we enter into the deep. Textiles speak a language that crosses cultures, but also goes underneath them, providing opportunities to talk about things that you can not say in any other medium. From the pollution caused by the mass consumption of textiles, to the canvas stretched as an image, from the swaddling cloth in which we are wrapped at birth to the clothes we choose to be buried in, we see fabric in the most expansive sense, as a barometer of our lives.

Part one of Always Thinking Like A Scrim began in March 2024 with works by Matt Hinkley, Liz Magor, and Hana Miletić and changed in June with works by Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, Cihad Caner, Daniel Giles, Lotus L. Kang and Tenant of Culture (part 2).

In part two, a large necklace by Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz meets the offcuts of fashion in a suspension between archaeology and commodity by Tenant of Culture. Fabrics of loss found by Cihad Caner meet aluminum cast fruits draped across a tatami mat by Lotus L. Kang, the velvet-like qualities of charcoal flockings, impress upon us remnants of architecture through the work of Daniel Giles. Holding the two parts of the exhibition together are works by Hana Miletić who uses the weaving process to reflect on the social and cultural realities of repair within the everyday of the cityscape.

Artists: Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Cihad Caner, Daniel Giles, Hana Miletić, Lotus L. Kang and Tenant of Culture

Thank you to Gemeente Rotterdam, Mondriaan Fonds, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Approach, London and Marcelle Alix, Paris, we’re so grateful for your support.

Always Thinking Like A Scrim: Part 2
Jun 16 – Aug 11, 2024
Shimmer
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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