Charlotte Kruk: Consumer Couture – The Politics of Having

August 1, 2014 - July 26, 2015

With her own special twist on the idea of “eye candy,” Charlotte Kruk uses recognizable consumer packaging––such as gum and candy wrappers, sugar and coffee bags, and food tins––to create garments and sculptures that reflect our material culture. Visually compelling and conceptually provocative, Kruk’s work questions the relationship between dress, power, gender, and consumerism. With both humor and a serious intent, she has created a series of vignettes for RAM’s Windows on 5th Gallery that explore the dynamics of a “disposable, packaged society.”

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Charlotte Kruk
From the installation Caffeine Nation: Caffeine, It Just Feels Right, 2008
Recycled coffee packaging, cotton, plastic,
coffee beans, sheepskin, fabric, and leather
76 X 24 X 15 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Keay Edwards
Charlotte Kruk
Stacked, 2013
Repurposed consumer tins
Approximately 80 x 12 x 12 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Keay Edwards
Charlotte Kruk
Her, She Says Kisses (detail), 1994 and 2009
Recycled HERSHEY’S® packaging, cotton, plastic, and resin
65 x 21 x 21 inches

Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Keay Edwards
Charlotte Kruk
Sugar, Sugar (detail), 1998
Recycled sugar packet and stitching
70 x 24 x 24 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Keay Edwards
Charlotte Krul
Chewy Fruit Twins: Starburst and Miss Now & Later, 1996
Recycled Starburst® and Now & Later® wrappers, plastic, and cotton
36 x 25 x 25 inches each dress
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Keay Edwards
 
Charlotte Kruk: Consumer Couture - The Politics of Having is made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Platinum Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, SC Johnson, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Diamond Sponsor - Sam and Gene Johnson Fund; Gold Sponsors - East Carolina University of Art & Design, Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, Racine Community Foundation, Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors - Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research, Elwood Corporation, Helen Bader Foundation, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - 88NINE Radio Milwaukee, CNH Industrial, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Educators Credit Union, The Garvey Group, In Sink Erator, Miracle on Canal Street, The Norbell Foundation, Orkney Spring Retreat, Real Racine, Robert W. Baird Foundation, Ruud Family Foundation