The Soft Parade

Late last year, a collective of local artists shared the stage for an exhibit, Stuff(ed), which focused on the subject “soft.” Inspired by the writings of Félix Guattari that explore how shape and medium can make art more approachable, the group, led by Pirate co-op member Theresa Anderson, enlisted curatorial help from fellow artist Amber Cobb and RMCAD curator Cortney Lane Stell to further explore the idea. The result is Soft Subversions, a group exhibit that takes the idea of “soft” to a variety of artistic conclusions.

“This series of work has proven to be of great interest — so much so that Cortney Lane Stell has joined in as well,” explains Anderson. “I think it is a good fit for her, as she tends to curate exhibitions which develop layered ideas and chooses objects that play out differences and similarities.” The collective hope of the curators and the group as a whole, she adds, is to extend the conversations started by Stuff(ed), which did not always adhere to the usual cuddly way we view softness. If you happen to agree that art is supposed to get people talking, this is a show for you.

Soft Subversions opens tonight with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. at Pirate: Contemporary Art, 3655 Navajo Street, and continues through February 24; visit for details.
Fridays, 6-10 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: Feb. 8. Continues through Feb. 24, 2013

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