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Anne Wilson, Dispersions (no. 7) (detail), 2013, thread, hair, cloth, metal frame, 25 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 1 1/2". From the series “Dispersions,” 2013.

Anne Wilson

Rhona Hoffman Gallery

Anne Wilson, Dispersions (no. 7) (detail), 2013, thread, hair, cloth, metal frame, 25 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 1 1/2". From the series “Dispersions,” 2013.

“Man can never expect to start from scratch,” Marcel Duchamp told Chicago gallerist Katharine Kuh in 1962. “He must start from ready-made things like even his own mother and father.” Anne Wilson’s twenty-six Dispersions, in which she employs common craft materials to visceral and socially suggestive ends, echo this axiom. Each of these works consists of a piece of used white cloth, such as a handkerchief or a fragment of damask tablecloth, pulled taut and punctured by a perfectly circular hole circumscribed with embroidery sewn in irregular formations. These are stitched not only with colored thread but also with human hair, a familiar fiber in Wilson’s oeuvre. Previously, the artist used it to repair torn textiles or to blanket them; as a reminder of these earlier works, Flaxen, 2013, a square of linen covered in a web of hair and thread, hung behind the front desk at Rhona

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