The exhibit The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell The Stories currently at the Kimball Art Center in Park City Utah (through April 3, 2011) has a strong Massachusetts connection. The exhibit was curated by Wendy Tarlow Kaplan an independent curator for the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton where it was first shown from June 2009 to January 2010.
Brockton’s heyday came in the 18th and 19th centuries during the Industrial Revolution; the city was the largest producer of shoes in Massachusetts. Kaplan’s grandfather and father owned a factory there that made soles for men’s shoes and for Army boots.
Kaplan and curators at the Fuller Craft Museum handpicked the one hundred artists that make up the exhibit. Their focus is to show shoes as art and storytelling intertwining their own stories into their artworks.
Jan Hopkins designed a pair of high heeled pumps from grapefruit and cantaloupe peels, using waxed linen to cover them. Fun and striking they carry a message written across them “Judge her when you have walked in her shoes”. They were made in tribute to a divorced mother who turned to exotic dancing to pay her bills.
With Never2thin Suzanne Ivester takes a look at our preoccupation with our bodies and weight; she created a shoe stuffed with lettuce balanced on a heel that rests on a bathroom scale. The ankle strap is made from measuring tape.
Michael Boroniec takes it a bit further with his Message ceramic military boots modeled from a pair worn by his best friend while in Afghanistan. On one of the boots is a dove wrapped in newspaper bearing the message “A Washington mystery directly challenging our government’s wisdom in engaging in war.”
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The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell The Stories through April 3, 2011.