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Cat Chow: Material Girl

June 9 - September 3, 2006

Cat Chow, Measure for Measure, 2003, measuring tapes, fishing line, buttons, 72 x 20 x 12 in., courtesy of the artist, photo James Prinz.

Chicago- and New York-based contemporary artist Cat Chow puts a new spin on the intersection of art and fashion. Wearable yet sculptural, her creations often use elements of fashion—such as zippers, measuring tapes, and bobbins—to explore a variety of social and political issues. Utilizing the many components that make up fashion, Chow confronts various stereotypes with her work, encouraging viewers to question how clothing and identity are linked in today's society.

The exhibition will include more than 20 pieces that combine fashion and everyday objects to create whimsical and thought-provoking sculptures. Elegant and simple in form, yet complex in construction, her labor-intensive work is fascinating for its intricacy and use of common materials in unexpected ways.

Cat (Catherine) Chow was born in 1973 in Morristown, New Jersey, and received her B.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University in 1995. She has shown her work in numerous national and international exhibitions, eight of which have been one-person exhibitions. Chow has won a number of awards and honors, including the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Award given to emerging, innovative artists whose work shows great promise. Her works are in several private and public collections, including the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. This will be her first exhibition in the state of Iowa.



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