Imprinted | Duke Campus: Louise Jones Brown Gallery | Arts | Indy Week
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When: Dec. 8-Jan. 5 2018

When she lived in Japan, the Durham-based artist Ely Urbanski lacked access to a studio, so she adapted to meet her circumstances instead of fighting them. She turned from human models to pieces of their clothing, devising her own printmaking method of soaking the clothes in ink or bleach and then pressing them onto fabric with her body weight. Obliquely but poignantly, the prints hint at the stories their former owners relate in accompanying videos; when Urbanski deconstructs the clothes rather than printing them whole, they also capture something of memory's degradation. And they are weirdly, simply beautiful. Not only can you see some of the work in Imprinted, Urbanski's new exhibit at Duke's Bryan Center, but you can also contribute to it after this opening reception. Bring a piece of clothing you can stand to part with to the gallery between three and five p.m. on Dec. 13, Dec. 15, and Jan. 5, or between noon and two p.m. on Dec. 19 and 21, to tell its story to the camera and indelibly commit its form to Urbanski's monoprints. —Brian Howe



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