“String Theory,” an exhibition in Studio Montclair’s new incubator program at Academy Square Galleries, 33 Plymouth St. opened Oct. 4, and runs through Nov. 29. The artists in the exhibition, Zachary Smith, Emma Mierop and Yana Rodin, present different aesthetics in their work using yarn.
Each artist employs the same medium – thread and string – to extremely different ends, yet all emphasize material as the driving force. Unlike pen, pencil, or paint, yarn and thread hold a feminine association, and are typically considered to be tools more for handicraft and domestic than for emotional or psychological transformation. Smith, Mierop, and Rodin elevate the platform to create work akin to tangible journal entries, simultaneously linking each artist to the past, while also pushing their own narratives forward.
Zachary Smith’s painstakingly detailed hand-embroidery takes the viewer along with the artist in his own personal journey to self-realization and sobriety. As opposed to Smith’s hand-stitching, Emma Mierop almost exclusively machine stitches her pieces, making the process more akin to drawing, with thread and machine her medium. Yana Rodin leaps from traditional use of thread and yarn, manipulating fibers into largescale hanging installations.