Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa

The exhibition runs from February 24 to March 19, 2024.

By: Feb. 26, 2024
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NOTHING TO WEAR, an art installation by Bonnie Comley, explores fashion, identity, and sustainability through art. Check out photos from the installation's opening below!

Fashion is more than just clothing; it's a form of expression, a reflection of identity, and a vehicle for storytelling. In a world inundated with fast fashion and fleeting trends, the concept of "nothing to wear" takes on new significance.

From February 24 to March 19, 2024, the ChaShaMa space at 340 East 64th Street, New York, NY, will host the art installation titled "NOTHING TO WEAR." This immersive experience invites viewers to delve into the complexities of fashion, consumerism, sustainability, and body image through a multi-sensory journey.

At its core, "NOTHING TO WEAR" challenges conventional notions of fashion and consumption, prompting viewers to confront their relationship with clothing and its environmental impact. Inspired by the ethos of conscious living and mindful consumption, the installation explores the intersection of art, fashion, and sustainability, inviting participants to question their role in shaping a more ethical and environmentally responsible future.

Upon entering the ChaShaMa space, visitors are enveloped in a world of texture, color, and innovation. The exhibition unfolds as a series of interconnected stations, each offering a unique perspective on the theme of "nothing to wear." On one wall is a funhouse carnival mirror that reflects a distorted image of the viewer. Guests are asked to leave positive or negative comments on paper doll cutouts. These comments can be overheard or inner comments you say to yourself. These dolls create a collage of powerful statements on appearance, clothing, or body. 

A simple backyard clothesline is included to provoke questions about the fabric choices for consumption. Can you wash your own clothes, or do they need to be dry cleaned with harmful chemicals? Clothes dryers and laundry detergents contribute to climate change, yet clothesline bans or regulations remain nationwide. Most communities equate clotheslines with ghettos, devaluing properties, so restrictions apply where clotheslines can be hung. 

The centerpiece of NOTHING TO WEAR is a ceiling-high mountain of clothing to reflect the collective excess we have created. Is the constant cycle of buying new clothes the pursuit of staying on trend and relevant, or are we trying to compensate for the insecurities of our bodies underneath the clothes? 

On select dates and times, there will be short performance pieces. The text was written by Leah Lane and produced and directed by Sarah DeMarino. The actors in the pieces are Daliah Bernstein, Joe Guccione, and Hannah Duran. 

Ultimately, "NOTHING TO WEAR" is not just an art installation; it's a call to action. By inviting viewers to reconsider their relationship with clothing, embrace sustainable consumption habits, and challenge prevailing beauty standards, the exhibition empowers individuals to make informed choices that align with their values and beliefs. Whether through supporting ethical brands, embracing second-hand shopping, or advocating for inclusive representation, every action can create a more sustainable, inclusive, and empowering future for fashion and the planet. And most important, this installation asks for respect for people and the planet. We might look good but struggle and feel like we have NOTHING TO WEAR. 


 

Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy 

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Nothing to Wear by Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Nothing to Wear by Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Nothing to Wear by Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Nothing to Wear by Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Nothing to Wear by Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Sarah DeMarino

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Daliah Bernstein

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Sarah DeMarino and Daliah Bernstein

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Riki Kane Larimer

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Elisa Loti Stein

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Laura Conroy and Haily Conroy

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Catalin Stelian and Gabriel Stelian-Shanks

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Andrew Gothelf, Madeline Myers and Henry Tisch

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Sarah DeMarino and Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Remy Knopf and Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Stewart F. Lane and Pamela Barbey 

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Frankie Lane, Michelle Friedman and Lenny Lane

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Hannah Duran, Joe Guccione and Daliah Bernstein

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Hannah Duran

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Joe Guccione

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Daliah Bernstein

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Sarah DeMarino

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Joe Guccione and Hannah Duran

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Hannah Duran

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Joe Guccione and Hannah Duran

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Hannah Duran

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Joe Guccione

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Hannah Duran

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Joe Guccione

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Joe Guccione and Hannah Duran

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Daliah Bernstein

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Daliah Bernstein

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Daliah Bernstein

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Daliah Bernstein

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Bonnie Comley, Merrie Davis and Cooper Lawrence

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Cooper Lawrence, Dr. Robi Ludwig, Errol Rappaport, Bonnie Comley, Quinn Lemley, Suzanna Bowling, Shani Grosz and Merrie Davis

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Bonnie Comley with Robin Cofer and Kathleen DeMonchy

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Leesa Rowland, Bonnie Comley and Randi Schatz

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Bevin Ross and Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Joe Guccione, Hannah Duran, Bonnie Comley, Sarah DeMarino and Daliah Bernstein

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Lenny Lane, Bonnie Comley and Frankie Lane

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Sylvia Hemingway and Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Anita Durst and Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Anita Durst and Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Anita Durst and Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Suzanna Bowling and Merrie Davis

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Shady Kerko and McLean Mills

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Ayoluwa Taylor, Bonnie Comley and Ruth D. Hunt

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Erika Elliott and Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Alyssa Ritch Frel and Bonnie Comley

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Shani Grosz and Anita Durst

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Hannah Duran

Photos: NOTHING TO WEAR Art Installation Opens at ChaShaMa
Bevin Ross, Erika Elliott and Quinn Lemley




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