NEW YORK–NY—ZAZ10TS is pleased to present an exhibition of lint on canvas works by London-based artist Sara Berman (b.1975) opening July 11 and on view through September 2018 in the new lobby space at 10 Times Square (aka 1441 Broadway). Titled Between Community and Commerce, the exhibition presents works that explore Berman’s interest in repetition, textiles and patterning, in addition to her deeply held curiosity in social and cultural signifiers, in this case the intimacy of the body in a world of consumption and commerce.
Berman, formerly a fashion designer, holds a strong affinity for fabrics, matter and clothing. Her interest in lint as a medium began after an experiment with denim caused her domestic dryer to break, leaving her with a large handful of blue lint which subsequently caught her imagination. She began to ask friends and fellow students to bring her their lint, and each day, would be handed a ball of their “personal detritus”. Caught by the intimacy of this “byproduct of cleanliness” and by the body memory inherent in it, Berman was led to further experimentations at a local London dry cleaners with large industrial machines. There, a pattern emerged of the larger machines wielding sizeable unbroken swathes of lint, which appeared to present consistently to the artist in the form of a one-dimensional sweater.
As Berman states “this ready-made was fascinating to me. Not least because each lint was the result of multiple drying cycles…of numerous people, and the textile fibers were the result of a number of different garments, made in various places around the world. In essence, what started as the collection of fluff from the bodies of people I know had become an ironic ready-made of a garment consisting of the waste from the bodies of many people stretching across the globe. The ritualistic cleanliness of my immediate environment was essentially remaking itself into a global expression of commerce, community and abject beauty.”