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During the Design District's first Second Saturday Gallery Walk of 2013, we presented our 2013 exhibition as well as a site-specific installation in our project room by artist Jim Drain titled "Pleat Construction."

About our 2013 Exhibition:
This year we gave considerable thought to the different ways we could re-imagine our space. The walls and open space of the first floor, with its massive volume, became the perfect setting for monumental installations. The second floor was transformed into an indoor sculpture garden that brings to mind a public park. And on the third floor, perhaps the most intimate space, we installed a selection of works that through nature explore themes of fragility and temporality.

About "Pleat Construction":
Pleat Construction was first exhibited for "New American Voices II" at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) in Philadelphia. It was fabricated as part of FWM's Artist-in-Residence program.

The installation "Pleat Construction" established a structural language that began with two hand-loomed knit and embellished sweaters. The knit pleat in the sweaters informed the sculptural panel works. The sculptural panels include glass and wood free-standing panels, illuminated by the light assemblages, so as to mimic the language begun with the sweaters. Drain explains, "This was a new approach for making sculpture; instead of knit being used as an integrated sculpture material, in the FWM installation, the knit of the garment became the primary focus. It was a different methodology. It is one that isolates the sculptural elements within the installation into separate, distinct parts."

For the Project Room at the de la Cruz Collection, this process of assimilation will be taken a step further with the fabrication of a woven assemblage painting. In a way, this process is a telephone-game with form and material; one that utilizes the originating pleat to take sculpture and painting into new, unexpected places.

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