Ries Niemi
That's Not How I Remember It.

April 7 - 30, 2011

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, April 7, 2011

Once again, Ries Niemi amuses, bedazzles and confounds us at PUNCH gallery. This time, Niemi embroiders on the truth with a series of embroidered works on handmade paper. Continuing in his series of stolen and appropriated text, mash-ups and samplings of pop imagery and middle-aged angst, the 8x10 inch "sketches" are executed by a computerized sewing machine.

As a counterpoint to the embroidered sketches, Niemi was compelled to create a sculpture as well. In his misreading of the book The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass, Niemi has decided the skirts under which Oskar's grandfather hid really were HUGE, and has recreated a tent-sized dress in Oskar's honor. Made from blue tarps woven over a steel armature, the gown fills the entire gallery. It could be the prom dress of Baba Yaga, or a nomadic tent from a tribe of goddess worshipers. Inside the dress, the artist has made a low table and 4 stools from hand-forged steel and recycled lumber, where he will sit and drink tea and pontificate for the first weekend of the show – April 7, 8 and 9. His intentions were to be there pontificating on the final weekend as well, but much to his dismay (and ours too), he realized he was double-booked as he will be a featured demonstrator at the Northwest Blacksmiths Association’s Spring Conference in Mt. Vernon that weekend. Bummer.

Hours: Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat,
or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Ring a Day
(more info)


That's Not How I Remember It.
Embroidery on handmade paper, 8" x 10", 2011

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