Dare to Wear

9 Oct 2012 – 4 Nov 2012

Event times

11:00 am — 6:30 pm (closed Mondays)

Cost of entry

free admission

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The Crypt Gallery - St Pancras Church

London, United Kingdom


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Tackling some pretty unorthodox wardrobe conundrums, this exhibition asks 26 artists some bold, bewitching and mischievous questions about fashion....


Curated by Sue Kreitzman, the Wild Old Woman who created 'WOW' and 'Flashier&Trashier', DARE TO WEAR wonders... What should we wear on the way to the afterlife? Will wearing beige really kill you? Will flamboyance set you free? Don't leave art to languish on the walls. Wrap yourself, festoon, engulf and adorn yourself. Glory in texture, colour and spectacle. Erupt into the world: brash, glittering bejewelled, and multicoloured. Dare to be a graffito, a collage, an assemblage. Burst into art, and you will change your world forever. We are Wild Old Women, and a few Wild Old Men. And this year we have added some Wild Young Artists to the mix as well. Our materials are usually salvaged, frequently kitsch, often surprising, and we use them to tell profound and colourful stories. This year, we are all about adornment: exaggerated depictions of jewellery and clothing. We look at both from the point of view of talismans, amulets, superstition, storytelling, psychological and spiritual armour, disguise, exuberance, weird joy, and - of course - art. We present clothing and jewellery (outrageous, peculiar, lushly eccentric), along with other works of art that celebrate the topic: paintings, assemblages, dolls, sculptures, masks, installations chandeliers (!)…. The gallery will be filled with an exuberant riot of colour and texture, and will offer a profound comment on the nature of joyous/superstitious/artistic wardrobe obsession. Think tribal. Think about foiling the evil eye. Think over the top, in your face, unfettered flamboyance. An all new, exuberant riot of profound junk: Art is not just for museums, white cube galleries, or the carefully chosen walls of one's home. It should never remain closeted in the perimeters of one's life or in the back of one's mind. If you love art, and long for more colour, texture and pizzazz in your life, If you want an innocent and potent drug that will change your life, If you tire of the same old, same old and wish to break free, then… DARE TO WEAR! www.suekreitzman.com www.wildoldwomen.info


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