Sensory Overload: Clothing and the Body

September 23 - December 30, 2016

Clothing and adornment are not just for protection, decoration, or expression—they are items that evoke the human form, on or off a body. This exhibition features garments and adornment that tend to impede or extend the physicality of the human form. These artists investigate dress as a direct connection between the body and the self, and the individual and the world at large.

The artists whose works are featured in Sensory Overload create pieces that play to the metaphorical capacity of clothing and adornment while simultaneously addressing notions of wearability and the body as site. They create garments and large-scale accessories that make the wearer both an armature and an integral part of the presentation of the piece. While wearable, the work is more sculptural and concept-oriented than it is functional in a traditional sense.

Exhibition Gallery Guide
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Heejin Hwang, Janice Jakielski, Kelly Nye, Rachel Timmins, Kathleen Nowak Tucci, and Yulie Urano

Yulie Urano
Cocoon, 2010

Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Cameron Gee

Heejin Hwang
Sensuality II, 2011
Steel wire
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Jim Escalante
Kelly Nye
Les cuisses (un porte-jarrètelles)
from the Crème de Pêche Series, 2011

Copper, found plastic peaches, pigmented silicone,
industrial felt, lace, and garter clips
Collection of the Artist
Photography: Andrew Neuhart

Kathleen Nowak Tucci
Tube Skirt, 2013

Recycled motorcycle inner tubes and plastic snaps
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Janine Joffe

Rachel Timmins
Anthony, 2014
Spandex, thread, polyester stuffing, powder-coated brass,
stainless steel, and plastic dog squeaker
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Joseph Hyde

This exhibition is made possible by: Platinum Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, SC Johnson, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Diamond Sponsor - Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, Racine Community Foundation, W. T. Walker Group, Inc.; Silver Sponsors - Andis Foundation, Real Racine, Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - Burlington Graphic Systems, Inc., EC Styberg Foundation, Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Norbell Foundation, Orkney Springs Retreat, Rasmussen Diamonds, Wisconsin Public Radio