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The Event of the Thread - 21c Lexington January 2020 - March 2020

The Event of a Thread, 2020. Scaffolding, concrete tubes, hand woven textile.

“As an individual, each thread is prone to stress strain and breakage, but as a collective the burden of tension becomes bearable. A cloth composes a tensile strength. It loops, interlaces, and interlocks with its neighboring threads to create a greater sum of parts.” – Crystal Gregory

The three components comprising The Event of the Thread are seemingly simple: white construction scaffolding, concrete tubes, and hand-woven textiles. The installation’s complexity comes from connections and interactions between these materials changing over time, and reflects Crystal Gregory’s deep thinking about these materials’ individual characteristics and their interactions when arranged together. More than just a static sculpture, Gregory will regularly rearrange the installation to reveal new aspects of the work. Each posture or state of the installation shifts relationships of weight, support, tensile strength, and compression. Over the length of the exhibition these changing relationships reveal a choreography of movement, action, maintenance, and utility.

On January 25th, Gregory collaborated with the dance company The Moving Architects to add the moving human body to the composition with their original choreography. This performance can be seen in the accompanying video.

Crystal Gregory is a sculptor who creates intersections between textile and architecture. Originally from California, she now resides in Lexington where she is an Assistant Professor within the School of Arts and Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and featured in multiple publications.

The Moving Architects, under Artistic Director Erin Carlisle Norton, is a female-centric dance company that channels the authentic complexity of both the current and historically lived female experience into dance works edged with charged movement and feminine strength. The resulting dance works reveal intense female performances that make connections between bodies in motion, location and space, as well as historical and physical experience.

Special thanks to our partners at Imlay Gallery.


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