Two images from Qiana Mestrich’s latest photo series, Inherited Patterns (2014),
on view now through February 22, 2015 at the NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library
as part of the Photo Walls in the Picture Collection Exhibition Series.
Dear D&B Readers,
After a brief summer hiatus, I’m back with news about my latest show! This work is the second series I’ve created exploring the sartorial origins of my given first name “Qiana”. (You can see images from the first series I created in 2013 titled Namesake here.) Inherited Patterns appropriate’s archival marketing images from the DuPont Hagley Digital Archives where documentation is kept on the marketing of this unique nylon fabric, long-since discontinued but hugely popular during the disco era. Work with Coloredge in NYC, the images themselves were printed on DuPont’s Tyvek® Vivia, a recyclable inkjet media typically used for outdoor signage.
My NYPL exhibition also includes the Picture Collection board display of pictures and text titled A Study in Gentle Persuasion: The Language of Qiana curated as well as a site-specific installation titled Necked in the library’s street-level vitrines (see below) that I’ve treated as retail window displays.
|View of Necked (2014), a site-specific Art in the Windows installation featuring
Qiana Mestrich’s personal collection of women’s scarves made of “Qiana” nylon
on view in the vitrines of the entrance to the NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library.
An Artist Dialogue Series Event, the fourth component to this show will be a conversation between myself and curator/writer Susan Bright happening on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 2:30-4:30pm. This event is free and open to the public so please come if you’re in town! If you can’t make it to the show, follow me on Google +Qiana Mestrich, on Instagram @qianamestrich and on Twitter @mestrich where I’ll be sharing images of the work. You can also follow or use the hashtag #InheritedPatterns to join the conversation about this work.
It’s been a real joy working towards this exhibit and I’ve found a real appreciation for the art of the window display. Many thanks to artist, curator and NYPL librarian Arezoo Moseni for believing in my work and giving me the opportunity to show at this wonderful, public venue of knowledge in the heart of New York City.
As always, your constructive criticism and feedback is welcome.
Thanks for your support,
Inherited Patterns on view September 3, 2014 through February 22, 2015.
Necked on view September 8, 2014 through December 1, 2014.
Artist Dialogue with curator/writer Susan Bright on November 22, 2014 from 2:30-4:30pm.
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