Out of Fashion

April 5 – June 30, 2013; September 14, 2013 – January 5, 2014
GL Holtegaard Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark; Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark
Front and back cover of an exhibition catalogue that features a men's suit on display

The IFF’s video-tape sculpture Coral Forest: Chthulu, and Dr Axt’s petrochemical elegy Requiem Reeficus are in the Danish traveling exhibition Out of Fashion, organized by the GL Holtegaard Museum, Copenhagen, and the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aallborg.

In the exhibition curator’s words:

Out of Fashion points to the link between art and clothing and to the handicraft itself as a typically female occupation. Precisely handicraft – embroidery, crochet work and sewing have in recent years become synonymous with a kind of anti-art, or rebel-art, where female artists use the craft to convey political and social messages.

The Coral Forest the latest addition to the IFF’s Crochet Coral Reef project, amplifying the original project’s delicate sensibility with a new set of towering, totemic sculptures crocheted from yarn and plastic threads.

Out of Fashion was on view at the GL Holtegaard Museum in Copenhagen from April 5 to June 30, 2013, and subsequently at the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg from September 14, 2013 to January 5, 2014.

Artists in the exhibition

  • Alice Creischer (D)
  • Brian Getnick (US)
  • Cosima von Bonin (D)
  • Elmgreen & Dragset (DK/NO)
  • Erwin Wurm (A)
  • Grayson Perry (UK)
  • Gudrun Hasle (DK)
  • Hotel Pro Forma (DK)
  • Institute For Figuring (US)
  • Dr. Axt (USA)
  • Kaarina Kaikkonen (FIN)
  • Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (DK)
  • Maiken Bent (DK)
  • Moran Sanderovich (IL)
  • Nicholas Hlobo (ZA)
  • Yinka Shonibare MBE (UK)
  • Zac Monday (US).
Black crochet coral reef sculpture

Coral Forest: Chthulu, by the Institute For Figuring, featuring video-tape kelps by Christine Wertheim and Evelyn Hardin.

Image courtesy G.L. Holtegaard Museum
Black crochet coral reef sculpture

Requiem Reeficus by Dr. Axt, for the Crochet Coral Reef project. Made during 2010-2011 this is Dr. Axt’s personal response to the BP oil spill. Woven into the tableau of black crochet corals are pieces of plastic tubing, cable ties and other plastic debris— all oil by-products.

Institute For Figuring