Venetia Dale: ITINERANT GOODS

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Itinerant Goods reflects on the plaid plastic bags’ economic, social, and cultural significance in an installation at Soapbox Gallery. Commonly found in Brooklyn dollar and grocery stores, these bags are lugged through the streets, laundry mats, and subways of the city. At Soapbox Gallery, the re-invented sewn plaid bags, hung on wallpaper of the same material, bear resemblance to commodities ordered and displayed in the compact spaces of markets and street stalls. Itinerant Goods, imagines new space and forms for red, white and blue plaid bags, inviting reflection on rituals of everyday consumption, mobility, and lifestyle in the urban landscape.

Travels in South America, China, Southeast Asia, and West Africa have influenced the perspective from which I study and respond to the circulation of goods between people and place. Through the use, translation, and interpretation of familiar objects my work attempts to articulate the space between what is lost and re-invented in the evaluation and transformation of our material world.

I was born and raised in the Midwest, received my BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004 and MFA from State University of New York at New Paltz in 2009. I am currently residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where I maintain my studio practice and teach in the Art Department at UW-Milwaukee.

http://www.venetiadale.com

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