New York

Elaine Reichek

A.I.R. Gallery

For several years, Elaine Reichek has been creating multi-media art about the tradition of “women’s work.” In a series of two-panel wall pieces begun in 1979, Reichek juxtaposed a child’s knitted garment with a schematic translation of the knitting instructions, which were also handwritten in a separate book. By illustrating the ways in which patterns—visual, verbal and operational—underlie even the most mundane family affairs, these concept-oriented works emphasized the manifold ways in which rational systems of thought link art and life as well as the intellectual and intimate aspects of culture.

Reichek’s recent exhibition consisted of six works based on a knitted child’s garment and the instruction book from which it was fashioned. Starting from this autobiographical base (Reichek has two children, and her grandmother was a professional designer and tailor), the artist created sequences

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