Anne-Marie is a life-sized photo featuring a bespoke tailoring project. A dress of red taffeta with a flocked graphic design reclines like a sleeping beauty. The client, a graphic designer of Mexican background, requested the puffed sleeves and shimmery fabric that give the garment a fairytale quality. Matching cloth covered buttons fastening the belt in back resemble type characters, and like traditional women's clothes from Oaxaca in Mexico, the dress lining is polka dotted.
Teaneck, NJ - Through February 8, 2013, artist Maria Creyts shows extraordinarily long photos depicting subjects she designs from textiles in her exhibit, Bespoken, at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s University College Art Gallery. A reception for the artist will be held on Tuesday February 5th from 1:30-3:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 2p.m.
Maria Creyts’ raggedy rose, a 20-foot photo frieze picturing giant oval flower faces sculpted from hound’s tooth check, corduroy, and broad satin ribbon, stretches down the long wall of the gallery.
Creyts’ newest works are concerned with hand-sewn garments as subjects in same-scale photography. Large photocompositions and the clothing subjects themselves are scattered across the walls. Teasingly, the matching image and subject are just out of view of each other. Complete ensembles suspended on hangers seem like mysterious gallery goers whose boldly patterned dress outshines the individual to the point that we do not see him or her at all.
In 2012, Creyts focused on custom clothing design while preparing an African-themed fashion collection for Kansas City’s West 18th Street Fashion Show. Through this, she acquired further skill in sewing and explored how clothing design and construction could help in planning a purpose for her sewn subjects beyond the photo shoot.
During December and January 2011-2012, Creyts spent time learning batik techniques in Nigeria under artist Niké Davies Okundaye with the goal of introducing the artist’s own hand into her photo friezes through designing fabrics for photography subjects. For the menswear ensemble she photographed, Creyts used hot wax to draw and print imagery on 7 yards of seersucker. The motif used unites the amusing story of her visit to an African palace with traditional Nigerian stencil designs that portray a European royal couple.
About the artist
Maria Creyts is a graduate of Yale University School of Art and her studio, ESTUDIO mariaurora, is in Kansas City, Missouri. The artist’s photo friezes have stretched over walls at the Visual Arts Gallery of the University of Lagos, Nigeria (2012), Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City (2011), and Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo in Oaxaca, Mexico (2010). In "Panoramic Patterns” (Kansas City Star, 4/21/2011), critic Dana Self described the artist as "...a curious media traveler, someone who refuses to let a material’s limitations or its nature stand in the way of her inquisitiveness.” artist website: http://mariaurora.net
The University Hall Art Gallery is located at 1000 River Road Teaneck, New Jersey 07666. Gallery hours are 9:30-4:30 Monday-Friday. For directions or more information call the gallery at 201-692-2801.