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Life on the plains and Korean culture inspire guest artist featured at CSU's Gustafson Gallery

March 19, 2014

A transparent orange organza dress and a woven basket adorned with feathers are among the beautiful textile items featured in the upcoming Gustafson Gallery exhibit "Materials and Manipulations: Memories Lost and Found."

An organza dress created by Barb Trout.The items were created by Barb Trout, a professor of textile and apparel design in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The exhibit opens Tuesday, March 25, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring Trout, who will be in attendance to interact with gallery viewers about her work.

Through dress, adornment, and small bags and items of containment, this exhibit visually projects memories lost and found that are significant to life on the plains. Manipulation of materials lost by one and found by another often results in connections, tensions, and the unexpected. This exhibit is built on that notion.

Illusions around the body

The work in the exhibition is inspired by Plains Native American and traditional Korean culture, and uses transparent fabric that creates illusions around the body. In addition, Trout manipulates assemblages of found materials such as cording, beads, buttons and objects from nature to create three-dimensional forms that address the body and the spirit space around the body.

The Gustafson Gallery is located in room 318 of the Gifford Building at 502 W. Lake Street. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free. The Materials and Manipulations: Memories Lost and Found exhibit runs through May 2.

The Gustafson Gallery is part of the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising in the Department of Design and Merchandising, in the College of Health and Human Sciences. The mission of the Gustafson Gallery is to foster educational engagement among students, faculty, alumni, and the Colorado community through exhibitions that exemplify creative exploration and scholarly inquiry in the discipline of apparel and merchandising.