Dog Chew Rag, 2016
Unique work in a limited edition, signed and numbered
Size 152 cm diameter
Tibetan dyed wool, Kathmandu, Nepal
Edition of 6 + 3 APs
A project curated by GoldenRuler, Rome
and realized by Equator Production, New York
The “Dog Chew Rag” by Alan Belcher is exactly that, a rag rug woven together of dog chews. The artist has said, “I enjoy that the design is not only based on the dog chew, but also resembles recycled rag carpets. The final design appears like a Himalayan mandala… so the carpet completely comes ‘full circle’.
“Dog Chew Rag” is a totem, an Algonquin shield, a use of the readymade in a sculptural mode, and a translation of an object produced en masse in China, rewoven together on computer in the hands of an artist in Toronto, and then de- legated, via New York and Rome, back to Asia, to the patient weavers of Katmandu. It’s a perfect example of the liquid society we live in, yet “Dog Chew Rag” has the authorial strength of an object that lifts off from its reference, because its designer, an artist, understands form, material, and the migration of cultural symbols, deeply.
Alan Belcher was born in 1957. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
His practice spans more than thirty years, and includes a vibrant career as a gallerist, forays into curatorial, editorial, and advertising, a skilled use of media, and a practice at skeptical remove from market, speculation and hype, while tackling their content all the same.
Equator Production, founded in 1985, seeks to restore the vital connection between the artist, the interior, and decorative coverings for the floor. Together with curatorial agency GoldenRuler, they are proposing a new repertoire of artists carpets to be hand-knotted in international workshops. These carpets will be de- signed by prominent artists: the current list of artists includes Heimo Zobernig, Joseph Kosuth, Liam Gillick, Ken Lum, Alan Belcher, Julião Sarmento, Emilia and Ilya Kabakov, Jonathan Monk, and Emilio Prini.
For more information: www.equatorproduction.com