• 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

    “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

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