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Ann Hamilton and Susan Stewart, CHANNEL and MIRROR, 2016.


Fabric Workshop and Museum / Municipal Pier 9
September 6 - October 10, 2016 (Pier 9)
September 17, 2016 - January 8, 2014 (FWM)


Cloth is the body’s first architecture; it protects, conceals and reveals; it carries a body’s weight, swaddles at birth, covers in sleep and in death. A patterned cloth symbolizes state or organization; a red cross stitched onto a white field is the universal sign of aid. A white cloth can be a ghost, a monster or a truce. John Constable described the sky in his paintings as a ‘white sheet drawn behind the objects.’ When we speak of its qualities, we speak of a cloth’s hand: we know it through touch. Cloth is the hand that is always touching. Its felt experience is evoked and described by the other hand that we always inhabit, that of language.




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