PORTLAND — On Saturday, Sept. 11, the Portland Museum of Art’s front patio will be the launch site for artist Andrea Zittel’s new project, the Group Formerly Known as Smockshop (GFKAS), as part of SPACE Gallery’s outdoor art and music block party on Congress Street.

From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., GFKAS members will create and sell products made out of rectangular-shaped fabrics. GFKAS is an artistic enterprise that generates income for artists whose work is either noncommercial or not yet self-sustaining. It includes artists from Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Berlin, Ghana and South Portland.

Andrea Zittel’s internationally recognized work explores all aspects of day-to-day living. Clothing, food and furniture all become the sites of investigation in an ongoing endeavor to better understand human nature.

The GFKAS project succeeds smockshop, a similar endeavor in which artists produced more than 300 simple garments, as reinterpretations of Zittel’s designs.

Zittel trained at San Diego State University and Rhode Island School of Design. Recent solo exhibitions include Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy; Sadie Coles HQ, London, England; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York

GFKAS products begin with a simple rectangular product or “panel,” in which each artist then interprets according to his or her skills, interests and special talents. These rectangular designs, which include garments, accessories, household items and printed projects, all have the capacity to contract and expand, morphing from single surfaces to fully functional objects.

For more information on GFKAS, visit www.formerlyknownas.smockshop.org. For more on the SPACE Gallery block party, visit www.spacegallery.com.


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