ANDREA ZITTEL


http://outoftheblueproject.org

contact:    joy.garnett @ gmail dot com

Knitted hat
2004
6.25 x 5 x 6 inches
Wool and acrylic yarn.
Created for Grant Shanabrook
(shown here in 2005).
Courtesy of
Austin Thomas, New York City

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Andrea Zittel was born in Escondido, California, in 1965. She received a BFA in painting and sculpture in 1988 from San Diego State University, and an MFA in sculpture in 1990 from the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2005 she received the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucelia Artist Award. Zittel currently lives in California and New York and is represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery and Sadie Coles HQ. Zittel's sculptures and installations transform everything necessary for life--such as eating, sleeping, bathing, and socializing--into artful experiments in living. Blurring the lines between life and art, Zittel's projects extend to her own home and wardrobe. Wearing a single outfit every day for an entire season, and constantly remodeling her home to suit changing demands and interests, Zittel continually reinvents her relationship to her domestic and social environment. Influenced by modernist design and architecture from the early part of the twentieth century, the artist's one-woman mock organization, "A-Z Administrative Services," develops furniture, homes, and vehicles for contemporary consumers with a similar simplicity and attention to order. Seeking to attain a sense of freedom through structure, Zittel is more interested in revealing the human need for order than in prescribing a single unifying design principle or style. "People say my work is all about control, but it's not really," she remarks. "I am always looking for the gray area between freedom--which can sometimes feel too open-ended and vast--and security--which may easily turn into confinement."

(From
Art:21, 2001)