Declarative Sentences
Mackenzie Boetes
Allison Manch
Ries Niemi

October 4 - 27, 2012

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, October 4, 2012

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There is a centuries old tradition of using needle and thread to make statements. Painting was for cathedrals, sculpture was for plazas, but embroidery was usually the only art in people's homes. For hundreds of years, grandmas and football players, sailors, prisoners, and teenage girls have practiced this universally known craft medium. Embroidery is as democratic as it is ubiquitous.

The artists in Declarative Sentences have all been influenced by embroidery and its subtle means of communication, and they have taken it in three different directions. Ironically, humorously, archly, imperatively and subversively, they use needle and thread to say what they mean. All three have Fine Art educations, and a soft spot for used handkerchiefs.

Mackenzie Boetes takes mundane objects and gives them a new lease on life by adding text and reframing the way we look at them.

Allison Manch creates characters and narratives based on real and imagined histories.

Ries Niemi makes pop culture collages,
repossessing the Sampler from the Beastie Boys.

Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat, or by appointment.

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Ries Niemi

Allison Manch

Mackenzie Boetes