Kayle Karbowski – Living Material

“Living Material”, Bed sheets, window curtains, lace, clothing, boxer shorts, towels, condoms, tablecloths, pantyhose, 7’ x 7’, 2014, $2000


Tablecloths, bed sheets, clothing, towels and curtains are all materials that we encounter everyday. These items are woven together with underwear, pantyhose and condoms to take the form of a rag rug in “Living Material.” This piece positions the intimate fabrics surrounding us on an equal plane with the public fabrics we use to decorate our homes. It becomes a time capsule, an heirloom, and a monument for the necessity of understanding intimate objects not as objects of taboo, but objects of an intimacy we are all a part of.

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karbowski_headshotKayle Karbowski is an artist, writer, curator and self-informed cultural critic who was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She received her BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2015 and currently lives and works in Milwaukee, WI. 
Karbowski was the lead curator and organizer for Swim Team, a Milwaukee based curatorial group, and The Netherlands gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 2014-2015.  Recently, Karbowski’s artwork has been shown in Kansas City, MO and Chicago, IL through Archive Collective and at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee with the Midwest Field Reporters.

To learn more about Kayle Karbowski’s work visit her website: kaylekarbowski.com

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