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August 15, 2013

“Locker Room,” a sculpture by Nathan Vincent, will be exhibited at the Anderson Gallery from Sept. 3 through Oct. 10. The installation depicts a men’s locker room and is created through knitting and crocheting.

“The ‘Locker Room’ portrays ideas of gender and gender permission,” Mr. Vincent said, adding that it is a place where males feel both comfort and vulnerability. Mixing the materials, considered by most to be feminine, with the creation of a place that is most often viewed as highly masculine, the artist questions traditional notions of gender.

See a video featuring the installation with comments by the artist and curator.

The installation is composed of lockers, shower fixtures, urinals and large doilies depicting muscle men. Each object conveys ideas of maleness, yet is as soft to the touch as a knit sweater.

It’s this compelling contradiction that interested Jay Block, manager of collections and exhibitions at BSU, who curated the show. “These are materials usually related to your grandmother’s furniture,” he said. “The evoke the feminine, and the non-traditional sculpting process of crochet allows Nathan to draw attention to the sources, motivations and meanings around the challenge of defining gender identities in today’s society.” 

 Watch Nathan Vincent introduce his artwork, "Locker Room."

The Anderson Gallery is located in the BSU Art Building, 40 Summer St., Bridgewater. The hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 508-531-1358 for details, or check the website for more information. (Story and photo by John Winters; video by Michelle Hacunda, ’12, and Shawn Finn, ’13, University Advancement)

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