Open Call: Troy Michie
JUN 19 – AUG 25, 2019
Paper-weaving collages and sculptural suit jackets inspired by the history of the zoot suit
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.
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