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Insieme

12 USD
Insieme
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Insieme

12 USD

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Desirée Hammen

6 x 8"  40 pages

Catalogue for Desirée Hammen’s one-night exhibition at the Elk Gallery on Crosby Street, December 20th, 2008, “Insieme” brings together all (and more) that was on display that cold sleety evening, including examples of Hammen’s painstakingly handcrafted clothes that mix fineness and grit with the spirit of sidewalk detritus that animates much of her intuitive couture, and vestments done in conjunction with the Painted collective. Also featured are willing strangers and the cigarettes they gave as part of “Share,” the idiosyncratic domesticity of the “Home Sweet Home,” and evidence of mask wearing at an “Animal Farm” event/birthday party in Mölnbo, Sweden. The fruits of inventive collaboration, trash appreciation, and exquisite craftsmanship comingle in these lush photographs, showcasing art and raiment as unexpected surprise and the action, reaction and randomness of unscripted social discourse. The crooked and weathered ten-foot long stick discovered near Smith Street and W. 9th in Red Hook that Hammen dressed in a one-of-a-kind sewed coat is on the last page, in situ.