Deeply superficial - a celebration in stitches

Lismore visual artist, Mary Adams invites you to her new show

'Deeply Superficial – a tribute in stitches'.

Opening night - Friday June 5, 6-8pm

All welcome!

Mary has worked in the medium of knitting for over 40 years,

producing hand loomed garments in pure wool

using a range of images from popular culture.

For Deeply Superficial,

she has produced sweaters featuring tributes

to rock and roll stars past and present,

legendary ladies of song and screen

and some fab ads and famous firsts.

AND, for the first time ever in 3D,

using ChromaDepth technology,

Mary has produced a range of sweaters

paying homage to some of Lou Reed ‘s finest songs

and great masters in the world of art.

I don’t know just what it’s all about

– put on your 3D glasses and find out!

Sweaters: Small Town Girl; Model: Cynthia McDermott

Photograph: Katrina Mathieson

'Deeply Superficial – a tribute in stitches'

is on view 3-16 June 2015

The title is a quote from Andy Warhol which he used to describe himself – and his paintings.

It seemed appropriate for an exhibition featuring flat knitted surfaces which appear to have depth

– where colours appear to float in layers.

The Serpentine's front window featured a series of Rock’n’Roll tributes

- Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith, Blondie and Bob Marley.

Displayed in gallery 1, a series of Legendary Ladies of Song and Screen;

some Early Efforts and Fab Faves

and a series of tributes to the optical illusions of artist Victor Vasarely.

Legendary ladies: Debbie Harry, Nico, Laurie Anderson,

Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Bette Davis and Brigitte Bardot

I don’t think love is a big enough word, Fab, Moonwalk, Bushells Tea Shirt, Bay City Rollers Bubble Gum

Marilyn Munro sweater - back

Fab vest - front

Vasarely rules: Shadow squares, Tilt, Shadow circles

(Victor Vasarely (1906–1997) was an Hungarian-born French painter of geometric abstractions

who became one of the leading figures of the Op art movement.)

Before entering gallery 2 viewers were invited to don a pair of chroma depth glasses

which allowed them to fully experience the two sets of 3D sweaters within:

11 Lou Reed sweaters in which the red lettering appeared to float out in front of the garments,

and a series of Technicolour Dreams – tributes to various artists (Dali, Escher, Lichtenstein, Magritte, Van Gogh,

Vasarely and Warhol) in vibrant colours which appeared to float out at different distances in distinct layers.

The exhibition also featured a large composite portrait of Lou Reed created by assembling

1,380 positive and negative photographed images as if they were stitches – ‘knitting with photographs’.

For more about Mary Adams

and her pure wool, hand loomed and hand finished sweaters

click on the image below.