In her solo exhibition at Los Ojos, Emmy Thelander fills the gallery with billowing wind socks and still life paintings on polyester batting.
“Flying with a tail wind is like walking on a moving sidewalk”
A collection of nylon wind socks are installed in a kinetic installation that references the environment and the human body. Thelander’s sewn fabric sculptures bring environmental conditions inside; the inanimate forms are filled, intermittently, by a manufactured breeze; when their gestures enter the gallery, they become considered, flattened, framed and mediated.
Thelander’s paintings use the architecture of the gallery as a starting point. She uses a combination of staining, airbrush, and conventional paintbrush techniques to apply color to polyester batting, achieving a captivating effect where images emerge from an absorbent, fiberous surface.
Thelander lives and works in Brooklyn and recieved her MFA from the Yale School of Art.