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ART: Amended Artifacts opening reception, Institute 193
November 1, 2012 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Institute 193 November 1—December 15, 2012 Opening reception: November 1, 6-9 PM from Institute 193: “Amended Artifacts,” a solo exhibition of new work by the artist Colleen Toutant. Toutant repurposes handmade quilts into fabric sculptures and embroidered two-dimensional works that examine contemporary systems of communication. For Toutant, quilts serve as artifacts of collective identities. In many cultures, quilt making was a communal activity, and the product of a quilting bee’s labor was a tangible relic of their interactions with one another. Contemporary relationships also produce artifacts, but these are increasingly of a digital, easily replicable nature. Toutant has printed a series of photographs gleaned from social media and stitched cloth from found quilts over top of them into patterns that recall traditional quilt designs, and also reference the facial recognition software used by Facebook. This exhibition also includes a series of found, handmade quilts Toutant has deconstructed and re-stitched into large-scale works. Toutant will graduate in 2013 with an MFA from the University of Kentucky. “Amended Artifacts” will be on view at Institute 193, 193 N. Limestone St., Lexington, KY through December 15.