Sunday, April 27 - Friday, May 9, 2014
2565 Third Street (between 22nd and 23rd Streets)
The final Swell Gallery exhibition of Spring 2014 borrows and expands the multiple connotations of the term piecework.
Typically, piecework refers to the needlework, knitting, and crafting that housewives practiced and sold during an era when women had few options for earning their own money. Piecework is also the method of paying workers by output instead of time, also known as industrial homework. Piecework recalls knitted outerwear, jewelry manufacturing, and button production.
In the exhibition Piecework, the artists acknowledge the historical uses of the term, and suggest alternative meanings and contexts—disparate fragments coming together, the simultaneous comfort and alienation of familiar objects, fragmentary objects as representatives of larger trends, and the separation of the whole into familiar objects and images.