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  • Writer's pictureShara Mercado Poole

Cognitive Dissonance

Updated: Mar 26, 2018

Linda Gelfman, Worn and Reborn (detail)

Currently on exhibition at the Kaneko Gallery is an installation by American River College professor, Linda Gelfman. This brightly colored installation closely resembles yarn bombing, while tackling serious social issues regarding both age and female sexuality. Her show, Cognitive Dissonance, runs from February 20th through March 15th, 2018.

yarn bombing: a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fiber rather than paint or chalk. synonyms: guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting, yarn storming

Linda Gelfman, Lovey

upcycled textiles

Linda Gelfman upcycles old clothing and other fabrics by repurposing them into soft figurative sculptures, as well as for creating lush and colorful environments for her figures to dwell. While the materials and rainbow of colors makes these LOLies (Little Old Ladies) seemingly benign upon first glance, there is much more to be discovered. Whether it’s the crude gestures or beguiling looks, these sculptures are certainly worthy of deeper inspection. Additionally, the installation is rich with yonic forms, some more obvious in the rather pronounced mons pubis region of many of the figures and some more casually worked into the way the repurposed clothes are sewn together.

Linda Gelfman, Worn and Reborn (detail)

Linda Gelfman, Worn and Reborn (detail)

Linda Gelfman, Untitled

Linda Gelfman, Monie

Linda Gelfman, Untitled

Linda Gelfman, Worn and Reborn (detail)

The opening reception for Cognitive Dissonance will be in the Kaneko Gallery at American River College Wednesday, February 28th at noon and the closing reception will be Thrusday, March 15 from 5-6:30pm.

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