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string theory is a group exhibition curated by Jamila Brown, which brings into conversation interdisciplinary and intergenerational artists whose work materially consist of everything from silk, paint, paper, steel, fibers, and found objects. To consider that which is handmade, handwoven, or assembled anew as a force, as a magically adaptive practice, string theory holds space for artists who interweave worlds—making the loom into a laboratory, transmuting discarded materials, and decoding data in the details. Themes of identity, responses to our lived environment, and the interconnectedness of the human experience are integral in the works. string theory binds messages of hope and memory with materiality, offering a symphony of crafts encrypted to elucidate one another, piecing together disparate stories that when unified hold power to reimagine the fabric of our realities.

string theory, in physics, also known as the “theory of everything”, is a framework which says that “everything is made of unbelievably tiny strings, whose vibrations produce effects that we interpret as atoms, electrons and quarks.” This theory also predicts the possibilities of multiple dimensions existing in spacetime, more than humans can perceive immediately. Considering this theory in tandem with the arts provides a gateway through which one can navigate limitless ways of thinking, making, and being. The structures, both “real” and “imagined”, that we build collectively -as human, artist, curator, beholder, witness- yield new ways of seeing and participating in expressions of this current time and the collective life of our species.

  • Exhibition Dates: June 25 to July 20
  • Opening Reception: Tuesday, July 2, from 6 to 9 PM
  • Gallery Hours: Friday, July 5, from 6 to 8 PM; Sunday, July 7, from 1 to 4 PM
  • Additional Public Programs: Forthcoming
  • Appointments: The exhibition is open during public programs and by appointment. Email to schedule.

The 2024 Organizer Series at Hodges Taylor is programmed from a selection of proposals received through an open call for projects.

Photo credit: Malik Burns