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Artful Outfits

The Bedford Gallery displays Outfitters: the Contemporary Art of Clothing.


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From hats to shoes, our clothing conceals us as it instantly communicates an image of who we are, and what we’re all about. But what’s below the surface? With needle and thread, film, paper, and countless other media, the artists in Outfitters: the Contemporary Art of Clothing at the Bedford Gallery use the premise and metaphor of clothing to explore our passions, identities, memories, and the very essence of being human.

Artworks include Beverly Rayner’s Accretion, a room-sized housecoat created from multiple generations of letters, greeting cards, and other memorabilia found at an estate sale; and Ms. Yekaterinburg: Camera Obscura Dress Tent (above), an image by Robin Lasser and Adrienne Pao that injects a stitch of humor into U.S.–Russian politics.

Curator Carrie Lederer says many of the artworks beg the questions: What is beauty? How is it defined? And who defines it?
The answers—and conversations—will be as unique as we are.

Outfitters runs through May 13. On April 27, the gallery will host a workshop with contributing artists from 1 to 4 p.m.; call (925) 295-1423 for more information.

Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, bedfordgallery.org.

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