Urban Forages {house of eco-drifters}

Saturday May 11, 2013

516 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: 242-1445
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Talk and demonstration with Vancouver-based guest artist Nicole Dextras, who will give a special presentation about her Urban Foragers and Weedrobes series.

Plus the Nomadik Harvest Dress featured in the Flatlanders & Surface Dwellers exhibition will be animated to demonstrate its transformation from garment to shelter. The garments, rich in texture and plant material, are wearable architectures that transform the confining structure of the hoop skirt into portable shelters and gardens. The Nomadik Harvest Dress is based on the Mongolian ger (yurt). The traditional felt membrane of the ger is replaced with a covering made from secondhand wool sweaters, which provide comparable warmth and waterproofing. The dress will also display a variety of New Mexico’s indigenous edible plants and a communal dish will be served. Nicole Dextras is an environmental artist whose artworks follow the seasons, working with ice in the winter and plant materials in the summer. She records the passage of time inherent in her ephemeral installations through photographs that she later exhibits. The socially engaged aspects of her art practice have been influenced by her work in theatre, dance and community based productions. Dextras is a graduate of Emily Carr University, where she has taught for the past eight years. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been featured in numerous publications.

See also: Culture Shock

Fashion season

Nicole Dextras’ “Nomadik Harvest Dress”

Ever wanted to know how a hoop skirt can function as a portable shelter? Or what a prom dress made out of yucca plants looks like? Of course you haven’t. That’s why artists exist—to raise the questions no one ever thought of before. Environmental artist Nicole Dextras challenges conceptions about art, culture, and eco-feminism with bizarre-but-beautiful creations that combine diverse materials from nature into surprising garments. Featured in the Flatlanders & Surface Dwellers exhibition running through June 1 is her “Nomadik Harvest Dress,” which replaces a Mongolian yurt’s traditional felt membrane with a covering made of old wool sweaters. Dextras will give a demonstration of the dress’s transformation into a shelter, as well as a talk about her Urban Foragers and Weedrobes series, on Saturday, May 11, at 3 p.m. Both the talk and the exhibition can be seen for free at 516 Arts (516 Central SW).

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