Open Call: Troy Michie

JUN 19 – AUG 25, 2019
Paper-weaving collages and sculptural suit jackets inspired by the history of the zoot suit
Troy Michie, Foreground as Background, 2019. Photo: Lily Wan.
An installation photo of Troy Michie's commission for Open Call
Troy Michie, Foreground as Background, 2019. Photo: Lily Wan.

About this commission

Foreground as Background, inspired by the artist’s research into the zoot suit and the history of camouflage, includes two large-scale paper weaving collages and a work of sculptural suit jackets made from deconstructed garments and handmade paper. The works are inspired by photography’s role in the 19th-century development of camouflage and reference Homer Saint-Gaudens’s invention of transforming recycled papers into material for camouflage blankets which allowed soldiers or civilians to disappear into a photograph. In Foreground as Background, Michie combines this interest in the history of camouflage with the zoot suit’s history as a style and a gesture of resistance against racial prejudice and discrimination. To complete this set of suits, Michie worked with Dieu Donné, a nonprofit cultural institution that serves artists interested in the collaborative process of hand papermaking.
Troy Michie lives and works in Brooklyn.

Location and dates

This event takes place in Level 2 Gallery.


Special thanks to Dieu Donné, The Shed’s Open Call selection committee, and Company Gallery.