'This Must Be the Place' features pop-culture mashups

'This Must Be the Place' features pop-culture mashups

"Dude Looks Like a Lady and the Tramp – Aerosmith," digitally printed and quilted cotton; metallic foil fringe.
Excerpt of "Dude Looks Like a Lady and the Tramp – Aerosmith," digitally printed and quilted cotton; metallic foil fringe.

"This Must Be the Place," an exhibition of unusual quilts by artist couple Madison and Matthew Creech, runs through Jan. 26 in the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The collaborative works present common experiences in contemporary society as emblematic of pop-culture nostalgia. The imagery is a mix of lowbrow idiosyncrasies and pop icons, mashed together to create lighthearted, digitally manipulated quilts conditioned by political and melancholic undertones. The couple uses fabrication to manipulate visual information that is derived from the collective consciousness.

"Skinny Love – Bon Iver," digitally printed and quilted cotton, 2017.
"Skinny Love – Bon Iver," digitally printed and quilted cotton, 2017.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Madison Creech – a 2010 textile, merchandising and fashion design graduate from the university – will deliver a public lecture on her artwork, process and partnership with Matthew at 4 p.m. Jan. 25 in Room 121 of the Home Economics Building.

She will also lead a celebrity selfie mini quilt workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 27 at Innovation Studio on Nebraska Innovation Campus. Participants will illustrate a selfie with a favorite celebrity using hand techniques combined with Adobe Photoshop. Activities include memorializing a masterpiece by digitally printing it onto fabric and adding stitched detail using a long arm quilter. Participants will complete a 15-inch-by-15-inch quilted wall hanging. The workshop is open to the public. The fee is $35 and includes all materials. Space is limited. To register, click here.

The Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery is located on the second floor of the Home Economics Building, 1650 N. 35th St. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. The gallery will be closed for winter break from noon Dec. 22 through Jan. 1. It will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 2. Admission is free. Guest parking is available near the building, and metered stalls are located in the Nebraska East Union lot. For more information, click here or call 402-472-2911.