dome sketch

Social Dress St. Louis: Learning and Unlearning
Latex, acrylic pigment, cheesecloth, wire, rope, video, website
Dimensions TBD

Social Dress St. Louis: Learning and Unlearning moves beyond the ghosts of St. Louis’s urban planning history – the 1904 World’s Fair; the construction of Highways I-44, I-55, and I-64/40; and the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex – to understand the history of the city in a nuanced way through the personal stories of its inhabitants. Seeking both the negative and positive aspects of this history, Horisaki will lead a series of workshops around the city in which he will teach residents to create thin fabric-like latex casts of the surfaces of objects that have personal significance to them.

While helping participants replicate personal effects from trophies to coins, records to chinaware, and even brick or stone architecture, Horisaki and his team of teaching artists will encourage participants to tell the stories behind these objects. Based on the interactions Horisaki and his team have with various communities across St. Louis, the latex replicas made in these workshops will be assembled into a sculptural collage in CAM’s Front Room. A select number of residents’ stories will also be recorded and incorporated into the sculptural collage via Augmented Reality, visible as a virtual layer of the piece when the installation is viewed through a smart phone or similar mobile device. Through this process, Social Dress St. Louis: Learning and Unlearning becomes a collaborative collage that includes layers of personal and collective histories, as well as physical and virtual records, reexamining the shape of St. Louis’s history through its material culture.

This project is curated by Los Caminos and will be on view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis as a part of the Front Room exhibition program from June 14-July 15, 2012.