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Devin Harclerode: Boundaries

Mar 20, 2020 – Aug 22, 2020

Installation photograph, Devin Harclerode: Boundaries, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, May 20—Aug 22, 2020, photo © UMOCA

The curtains or veils in Devin Harclerode’s Boundaries function both as (translucent) barriers and as a passageway. The first is a bead curtain—made from fingernails, herbs, shells, hair, and woven textiles—with a chain link fence pattern on top. The second appears like a log-cabin style quilt made of mesh and organza, and the third, like a fragile and delicate version of camouflage netting and fishing nets.

Hair—braided in small loops, functioning as rope, or loosely draping like a tassel—is a reoccurring theme and provokes a sense of the abject.

For Harclerode, the curtains refer to larger social barriers created by history, legislation, and gender binaries that code, police, oppress, and essentialize bodies into set behaviors.

Supported by ZAP, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, and Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation.