radical knitting

November 28th, 2007 · 2 Comments · By

Hope Davis doesn’t mind if I post this e-mail to the WTJU list:

“Hey folks, here is info that might interest some of you. It is happening tonight at 6:30 (full info below). It is an art lecture discussing craft as art (with an emphasis on knitting, believe it or not), but also has a strong musical tie-in, as she went to Brown during the prime years of the Fort Thunder scene (home to most Load Records bands and ground zero in a certain sense for the underground noise explosion, most famously Lightning Bolt). She will be showing videos by Paperrad and Forcefield, I believe, and talking about a bunch of other stuff, I imagine. Anyone curious about what the Pudhouse was like, to a degree, and what this bizarre music/art movement is all about might get some answers here. Mostly it should be an entertaining and maybe insightful experience, as well as part of the lineage of one of the most exciting recent art movements with roots and ties right here in Charlottesville (Pud, USAisaMonster etc.) Plus lots of “radical knitting”, apparently. Thanks — Davis”

Here’s the info:

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30
New Dominion Bookstore
404 East Main Street, Downtown Mall, Charlottesville
Wednesday, Nov. 28 6:30 p.m.
Campbell Hall, Room 160
Architecture School, UVA

Sabrina Gschwandtner is a sculptor/designer who specializes in knit creations. She is founder of the journal KnitKnit which explores the intersection of fine art and handicrafts. She works in film, video, photography, performance, sewing, crochet and knitting. She received a BA in art in Semiotics from Brown University, and an MFA from Bard College. Her artwork has been exhibited at various national and international museums and galleries, and is currently on view as part
of “Material Pursuits” at the Fleming Museum, Vermont and “Pricked: Extreme Embroidery” at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York.

More information about her work can be found at her website:

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 james // Nov 28, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    For anyone who wants to see more by PaperRad and Forcefield, we’re (coincidentally) having a screening of their work at The Bridge on Thursday, December 6… I’m trying to get a copy of the Lightning Bolt documentary that has footage from their show at the Pudhouse to show that part as well.

    We set up this screening without having any idea that Sabrina Gschwandtner was coming to town, though, so that’s a nice coincidence. Fans of that art scene should find themselves with a lot of events to attend this week… the more the merrier, I say.

  • 2 victoria // Nov 28, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    so i went to this talk and it was way nice. to clarify, she didn’t show any paper rad videos (i think there was some confusion about that because they don’t knit). it was interesting and fun anyhow and i’m glad i went.