Works in the exhibition
Originally developed to secure the wiring inside of airplanes, Ty-Raps evolved over the years from metal fasteners into the nylon zip-ties we now use for everything, from industrial packaging to law-enforcement handcuffs. Cheap, mass-produced, elegantly simple, and highly versatile, the zip-tie has spread through our culture like a well-adapted organism.
Elisabeth Picard exploits this metaphor, and the organic properties of an otherwise synthetic object, interlacing great colonies of zip-ties to form abstract sculptures. Lighted by cool fluorescents and LEDs, suspended in strikingly complex patterns, the works call to mind the cold repetition of scientific structures, as well as the tessellation of weavings. Poised at the intersection of craft, science, and abstract art, Picard’s work questions the cultural and environmental aspects of the material she uses, reveling in the mundane while hinting at the sublime.
Elisabeth Picard lives and works in Montreal, Quebec. Her work has been featured at la Biennale internationale du lin de Portneuf (2013) and TEXTILE’11 Biennial in Kaunas, Lithuania (2011). Picard received her M.F.A. from Concordia University in 2011.
The artist will be present at the gallery on November 15th and 22nd, December 6th and 20th, and January 17th from 2 PM to 5 PM.