Lucy Sparrow’s Erotic Emporium: Le Sex Shop Feutré
June 10 – July 1, 2016
Vernissage: June 10, 2016 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Station 16 Gallery: 3523 Boul. St-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, H2X 2T6
Metro St-Laurent or Sherbrooke
Lucy Sparrow’s Erotic Emporium: Le Sex Shop Feutré will take the shape of a pop-up sex shop made entirely out of felt objects created by contemporary artist Lucy Sparrow. Sparrow’s installation will be on display at Station 16 Gallery in Montreal, Canada from June 10th to July 1st in conjunction with Montreal’s Mural Festival.
Lucy Sparrow is a contemporary artist from Bath, England working primarily with felt. She creates intricate objects by sewing together brightly coloured pieces of felt, stuffing them like miniature pillows, and hand painting them with tiny details. Sparrow’s oeuvre is playful, her objects are relatable, and their felt composition challenge the ever-expanding boundaries between fine art and craft. Her pieces evoke a surreal sense of nostalgia and curiosity.
Sparrow cites a fascination with “things made out of materials they weren’t supposed to be made from” as inspiration for her work, which takes many forms: from bubblegum to prescription drugs, and now sex objects such as butt plugs and vibrators. As such, Lucy Sparrow’s Erotic Emporium: Le Sex Shop Feutré will include all manners of sex-related paraphernalia. In Britain, laws on pornography are becoming increasingly severe, with the prohibition of depictions of various sex acts. Lucy Sparrow seeks to challenge the rights of sex workers, fetishists and consumers of porn with the creation of a sex shop made from felt, testing the boundaries of legality in the representation of pornographic material.
Station 16 Gallery is a contemporary urban art gallery highlighting the work of local and international artists influenced primarily by street art and graffiti.
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