Work By Libbie Soffer
January 17 – March 25, 2012
Painted Bride Art Center Cafe Gallery
230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
First Friday receptions: February 3 and March 2 from 5 – 7 pm
Artist Talk at 6 pm during each reception.
InLiquid presents Clean Shirts and Dirty Laundry, an installation by Libbie Soffer in conjunction with FiberPhiladelphia at the Painted Bride Café Gallery from January 17 through March 25, 2012. There will be an opening reception for the artist on First Friday, February 3, 2012 from 5 to 7 pm, and an additional reception on March 2, 2011 from 5 to 7 pm. FiberPhiladelphia will be taking place around the city at various venues in the winter and spring of 2012. Visit www.fiberphiladelphia.org for more information.
This body of work has been an ongoing focus in recent years for Soffer, looking into the context behind the corporate job world and the struggles one must go through just to earn a decent living. More recently since our country’s recession, Soffer’s work has begun to speak against the unsecure job market, as Wall Street’s profits soar and the unemployment figures also soared and now currently remain fairly steady. She speaks to the business world through her process, stripping away the “meat” of so many shirts, serves as a metaphoric flaying of the shirt owners’ identity, substance and dignity. All that remains is the skeletal form, the linear allusion to former substance. Even stripped, the shirts’ identities are apparent. The journey, shared by legions of solid citizens, has indeed an uncertain destination.
FiberPhiladelphia is an international biennial and regional festival for innovative fiber/textile art. Exhibitions are planned for 40 locations including major institutions and independent venues taking place around the city in the winter and spring of 2012. Visit www.fiberphiladelphia.org for more information.
The public hours for the Painted Bride Café Gallery are noon to 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and until 7 pm on the First Friday of each month.