Our daughter Rose Beerhorst and her good friend Rosie Rincones have an ArtPrize entry titled Patch Work which is in Hoi Polloi on Division Street next door to the Sanctuary Gallery. According to Rose;
"The Patch Work Project explores my generation's recent return to mending well worn clothing with obviously hand stitched patches. I see this current trend as a metaphor for our desperate attempt to mend the thread-bare culture we have inherited."
Rose was a big part of creating Plan B, our ArtPrize project last year and at that time, was already thinking she would want to strike out on her own on a project the following year -- which is just what she done with Patch Work.
I really like the way Patch Work takes a look at a trend bubbling up from the underground youth culture and shines a light on it. This exhibit allows us to ruminate on what may be underneath this current impulse to keep older well worn clothes in use. Could it be that we are all headed into a future where the seams of our culture are coming apart - and this next generation will be the ones left to take the lead in how it is put back together? Will we be able to create a way of living that will allow us to live more humble and interconnected lives, where we have learned to make things last - rather than toss 'em over our shoulder ready to grab the next new thing?