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Thursday, February 02, 2006


Mixed Greens Gallery in New York City is in the last days of an exhibition featuring a couple of MONSTERS OF CRAFT! First up is Rob Conger, a graduate of the prestigious Yale school of Art who has given over his life to latchhook rugs. The current exhibition, Tragic Kingdom, focuses on the seedy underbelly of the Greatest Place on Earth™. The artist combed public records and found out about eleven deaths that occured on the park grounds, then documented them photographically and reproduced the photos on handmade latch hook rugs. Conger's art focuses on the intersection of America's obsessions with beauty, commerce, and popular culture. America's CEO's, television shows, games of chance, and notions of evil have all wound up behind the crosshairs of his latch hooking tool (is there a cool name for that thingy?)

My process of sublimation absorbs these things, and tries to give back. Not as charity, not as genius, but as doorman, letting everyone in behind the velvet ropes.

But the party competes against an endless stream of morphing faces, fixed portraits, much like the line to the check-cashing window, or a row of occupied seats at the blue-collar bar. These last years I've tried to personalize the menacing barriers between finance and crafts, business and homemaking, fighting the urge to reveal to myself and the world that I'm really talking about my parents.

Get thee to Mixed Greens! The exhibition ends Saturday.

LINK thanks, Clifton!


At 3/08/2006 11:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Herrschner's just call it a "latch hook tool". I tend to call it a "hooker" or a "hookie-thing."


-Rob Conger


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