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Stacy Bloom Rexrode: "Bound Up" (detail)

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Stacy Bloom Rexrode: "Bound Up" (detail)

Stacy Bloom Rexrode 

When: Jan. 8-30 2017
Price: Free
www.preservationchapelhill.org

If necessity doesn't breed invention, it certainly prompts resourcefulness. Rather than valuing resourcefulness by default, Stacy Bloom Rexrode dissects it with a sharp feminist critique in her sculptural assemblage work, which is on display at Horace Williams House through the end of January. Beautiful and awful at once, Rexrode's dense proliferations of household and craft items such as silk flowers, plastic plates, rope, and ribbon—all associated with women and "women's work"—express a wave of American overconsumption as well as the tidal pullback of personal and cultural valuation. Rexrode's construction prompts an open-mouthed "How'd she do that?" But it's her rigor that will haunt you, especially as holiday excesses fade to clutter and January has you asking, "Do I really need this?" about everything in your life. —Chris Vitiello

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