Posts Tagged: meditation

Knit Veins: Fiber of Our Being

If our bodies are knitted together like cloth, either by some higher power or eons of evolution, then veins are like a kind of yarn, a fibrous network of connective channels that allows us to be. Veins are part and parcel of the fiber of our being. I wanted to call attention to the idea of some sort of meta-body: one that speaks to “the nature of matter, or body considered in general, [and] consists not in its being something which is hard or heavy or coloured…but simply in its being something which is extended in length, breadth and depth,” as Rene Descartes puts it [emphasis added]. The knit veins, installed in this way, speak to the idea of a body transcending the individual, extending beyond our own identities, corporealities, ourselves.

Knit Veins: Fiber of Our Being

If our bodies are knitted together like cloth, either by some higher power or eons of evolution, then veins are like a kind of yarn, a fibrous network of connective channels that allows us to be. Veins are part and parcel of the fiber of our being. I wanted to call attention to the idea of some sort of meta-body: one that speaks to “the nature of matter, or body considered in general, [and] consists not in its being something which is hard or heavy or coloured…but simply in its being something which is extended in length, breadth and depth,” as Rene Descartes puts it [emphasis added]. The knit veins, installed in this way, speak to the idea of a body transcending the individual, extending beyond our own identities, corporealities, ourselves.

Duality #1: Masculine/Feminine

Duality #1: Masculine/Feminine can be seen as a visual model of how gender expression and identity function in relation to one another. Notions of an ideal male, wholly masculine, or of an ideal female, wholly feminine, are as unrealistic as the mannequins used for this piece. These ideals function as both poles and placeholders, useful and problematic. The knit patchwork unites these forms and places a more nuanced and holistic model of gender onto the rigid binary.

Duality #1: Masculine/Feminine

Duality #1: Masculine/Feminine can be seen as a visual model of how gender expression and identity function in relation to one another. Notions of an ideal male, wholly masculine, or of an ideal female, wholly feminine, are as unrealistic as the mannequins used for this piece. These ideals function as both poles and placeholders, useful and problematic. The knit patchwork unites these forms and places a more nuanced and holistic model of gender onto the rigid binary.

Interview: Until You Can’t See Land

After I installed Transcending the Material at Knit Culture Studio, Liz Kuball approached me to do an interview for her beautiful new blog, Until You Can’t See Land. Excerpt below: L: How did you get into knitting? B: I’ve been

Interview: Until You Can’t See Land

After I installed Transcending the Material at Knit Culture Studio, Liz Kuball approached me to do an interview for her beautiful new blog, Until You Can’t See Land. Excerpt below: L: How did you get into knitting? B: I’ve been

L.A. Exhibition at Knit Culture Studio!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be having my first Los Angeles exhibition of the knit skeleton! A new iteration of Transcending the Material will be on display at Knit Culture Studio. Come join us for the opening reception Thursday,

L.A. Exhibition at Knit Culture Studio!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be having my first Los Angeles exhibition of the knit skeleton! A new iteration of Transcending the Material will be on display at Knit Culture Studio. Come join us for the opening reception Thursday,

Tasting Cultures: The Arts of Latino Foodways

If you’re in Milwaukee between now and July, come check out Tasting Cultures at the Latino Arts Gallery, where my piece, Transcending the Material is on display. This is your chance to see the knit skeleton in person! March 4 – July

Tasting Cultures: The Arts of Latino Foodways

If you’re in Milwaukee between now and July, come check out Tasting Cultures at the Latino Arts Gallery, where my piece, Transcending the Material is on display. This is your chance to see the knit skeleton in person! March 4 – July

Interview: Collectif France Tricot

Solène from Collectif France Tricot (French Knitting Collective) asked me to do an interview for their website. It’s available in french and english: Hello Ben Cuevas, can you introduce yourself? I’d be happy to. I’m a mixed media installation artist,

Interview: Collectif France Tricot

Solène from Collectif France Tricot (French Knitting Collective) asked me to do an interview for their website. It’s available in french and english: Hello Ben Cuevas, can you introduce yourself? I’d be happy to. I’m a mixed media installation artist,

Transcending the Material

These photos document “Transcending the Material”, a mixed media piece that I created and installed while in residence at the Wassaic Project (an arts collective and residency program located in New York state). The piece was exhibited at the Wassaic

Transcending the Material

These photos document “Transcending the Material”, a mixed media piece that I created and installed while in residence at the Wassaic Project (an arts collective and residency program located in New York state). The piece was exhibited at the Wassaic