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Any Dream Will Do
Luton Town Centre
9 December 2016 – 19 March 2017
For the winter-spring 2017 edition of ‘As You Change, So Do I’, Polly Apfelbaum will produce Any Dream Will Do, a series of new poster-works produced exclusively for Luton town centre. A large billboard poster will be positioned outside of Luton’s central railway station while three other smaller works – Pataphysical Dog, A is for Animals and Celtic Animal Zodiac – will be produced in an unlimited edition to be taken away and reposted around Luton by visitors to the town’s new cultural district. In addition, a limited print, in the form of a tea-towel calendar for 2017 titled Pink Giraffe, will be made for the project in collaboration with Luton’s Guildford Street Press.
Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes
24 September — 4 December 2016
Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
For Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes, Apfelbaum has worked with weavers in Oaxaca, Mexico to design and produce four large, 13 × 25 foot, area rugs inspired by a Tree of Life mosaic she encountered in Otranto, Italy, as well as LA’s rich history in New Age spirituality, Czech Fluxus artist Sonia Svecova’s eye collages of the 1960s, and Chilean film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s mystical and religious film Holy Mountain (1973). For Apfelbaum, the use of eye imagery serves as a connecting icon, bridging belief systems, new-age and cult symbolism, and the idea of looking and seeking out spirituality.
In addition to the new site-specific floor pieces, Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes will also include over 100 ceramic and wooden sculptures produced between 1988-2016 – many of which have never been exhibited before – as well as handmade ceramic beads suspended on thread. Ceramics and weaving are ancient crafts that take us to many of these mystical and philosophical histories. Visitors will be invited to take their shoes off and spend time in the installation.
Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu
Camden Arts Centre, London
19 June – 18 September 2016
Polly Apfelbaum’s works Blue Alphabet (2015) and Compulsory Figures (1996) will be featured in Making & Unmaking, curated by celebrated fashion designer and curator Duro Olowu. Bringing together over sixty international artists working in diverse media, this exhibition places antique West African textiles and Bauhaus tapestries amongst contemporary works and new commissions.
An exhibition curated by Cornelia Parker
The Foundling Museum, London
27 May – 4 September 2016
Foundling Fellow Cornelia Parker has invited over sixty outstanding artists, writers, and musicians from a range of creative disciplines to respond to the theme of ‘found’, reflecting on the Museum’s heritage.
Combining new and existing work with found objects kept for their significance, this major exhibition unfolds throughout the Museum, interacting with historic works in the Collection and with each other. The exhibition also features work by Frith Street Gallery artists Polly Apfelbaum, Fiona Banner, Tacita Dean, and Dorothy Cross (pictured here).
Deep Purple, Red Shoes
20 March – 31 May 2015
Be-Part, Waregem, Belgium
For Be-Part Apfelbaum has created a design made with carpet that almost entirely covers the exhibition spaces. The work, entitled ‘Deep Purple, Red Shoes’, includes three carpet installations in shades ranging from intense red to deep purple.
Polly Apfelbaum mixes contemporary discourse with the tradition of hand-woven carpets from the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. The carpets are from the village of Teotitlán del Valle, known for its centuries-long tradition of hand-woven carpets. In addition, local sheep wool is used, which is coloured with natural pigments from the region.
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