PRINT Summer 1987


ROSEMARIE TROCKEL'S KNITTED PICTURES would certainly strike one as odd if one happened upon them in a museum set aside for the display of works involving the disciplines and concerns of the crafts. Their size as well as Trockel’s tough choices of patterns would be the tell-tale signs that something was afoot. Take this fact and add it to the information that the knitted pictures are made for, exhibited in, and position themselves in a sphere that has, in Modern culture, traditionally set itself apart from the crafts—the fine arts—and one arrives at the issue that no matter where these textile pictures are, whether in a crafts institution or an art gallery, they are powerfully irritating in their mismatch role. They are produced by a computerized knitting machine. The knitted and stretched material is given here a “Norwegian” pattern, there a series of Playboy bunnies, or rows of the logo

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