Conduit Gallery presents Maria Molteni: "NCAA Presents... Sidelines: Soft Power in the Margins"
The Conduit Gallery Project Room will present an installation of NCAA’s most notable project Net Works - by which vibrant hand-made basketball nets are crafted for empty basketball hoops. These works occupy the margins, calling attention to the overlooked public spaces. The nets demonstrate ephemeral, resourceful solutions that might inspire members of the community to insert their own visions.
Included in the installation is a series of hand-knit, crochet and macramé basketball nets created by NCAA collaborators Maria Molteni, Samantha Fields, Emily Manning Mingle, and Taylor McVay. The nets hang in front of custom wall vinyl created by Molteni to mirror the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics design scheme and palette. The collective often appropriates this motif to emphasize the utopian/dystopian image of global sporting events in an era when art and athletics naturally collided. Their publication Net Works, also on view, takes a critical position on the Olympics and commercial sports cultures siting the 2012 conflict between the US Olympic Committee and Ravelry.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through March 25.