"On My Bed #1 Tradition" Quilt
This selection of works focuses on family, domestic space, and the urban landscape. It brings together photographs from various traditions—including Conceptualism, still life, and social documentary—as well as a piece by a male quilter. Although they represent several generations of artists, often with differing creative practices and intents, these works each tell a story—sometimes obvious, sometimes implicit. Frequently they picture the home, especially the bedroom, encouraging us to contemplate the personal and private moments that make up a life. Shown together, these works ask us to think critically about the role played by the artist, particularly the photographer, in the creation and shaping of a narrative.
Attached textile label on lower back, hand-written in black: "Luke Haynes/ "Tradition"/1 1/2 Ray rd./ Weaverville, NC/28787"
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Gift of Abraham & Straus, by exchange
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Luke Haynes (American, born 1982). "On My Bed #1 Tradition" Quilt, 2006. Various textiles, 90 x 82 1/2 in. (228.6 x 209.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Abraham & Straus, by exchange, 2012.55. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of the artist, CUR.2012.55_artist_photograph.jpg)
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Luke Haynes was trained as an architect, but was taught sewing as a child by his mother. His transition to quilt-making was inspired by his desire to have full control of his artistic impulses and see a project through to completion that he felt architecture did not always allow. The unusual perspective of this machine sewn portrait is “read” properly only when the quilt is horizontal on a bed. This play on perspective stems from sixteenth-century Mannerist art practices. The acquisition of this quilt was an intentional effort to bring the Museum’s historical quilt collection up to the present, and with a quilt made by a man to introduce the notion of gender-bending into a traditionally all-female genre.
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