Textiles are the thread that links this week’s gallery picks.
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1. Working with repurposed materials, Ben Venom combines the often menacing and combative countercultural imagery of biker gangs, metal music and the occult with the comforts of domesticity in a series of quilts and textile-based works at Ever Gold Gallery
2. Exploring the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion, and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
3. Jim Drain’s Seems/Seams at Various Small Fires
4. Anton Alvarez constructed The Thread-Wrapping Machine as his tool and medium. Used much like a DIY sewing machine with pedal control, the “wrapper” joins a mix of wood, plastic, metal, fur, felt, paint and other materials into bright, exuberant furniture. The exhibition will celebrate process, performance and craft, as well as design objects with and without “function” at Salon 94
5. Samantha Bittman’s new body of work includes a series of paintings on handwoven textiles, custom digitally printed wallpaper and a handmade tile floor sculpture at Johansson Projects
6. When considering tapestries and textile arts, images of pastoral landscapes and decorative designs come to mind. Erin M. Riley sources contemporary imagery from the Internet, exploring the millennial fascination for young women and self-portrait photography, colloquially referred to as “selfies” at Joshua Liner Gallery