Tammy Nguyen in Where the Threads are Worn

Casey Kaplan

Casey Kaplan is pleased to present “Where the threads are worn,” a group exhibition featuring work by twenty-five artists: Igshaan Adams, Yuji Agematsu, Francis Alÿs, Romare Bearden, Kevin Beasley, Louise Bourgeois, Jordan Casteel, Rachelle Dang, N. Dash, Jason Dodge, Haris Epaminonda, Sacha Ingber, Brian Jungen, Caroline Kent, Cindy Ji Hye Kim, Hannah Levy, Mateo López, Tammy Nguyen, Diego Perrone, Mariana Garibay Raeke, Loïc Raguénès, Simon Starling, Diamond Stingily, Johanna Unzueta, and Ella Walker.


“Where the threads are worn” aims to define a beloved, yet unceremonious place by exploring the promise of safe entry within a physical or immaterial setting. To render “home,” the artists in the exhibition consider the experience of self-location, often an elusive pursuit. To truly understand, they must reflect on what is felt and cannot be seen, nor identified. As Igshaan Adams articulates after examining a friend’s aged prayer rug – “Look, there’s where the threads are worn through… A recording of the imprint of his body over all those years, acting on its surface, leaving its mark. This imprint might even outlast the person.” Within its perimeter, a physical home bears witness to familial dwelling, silently recording actions from birth through adulthood. Even still, memory and illusion inevitably bend the fabric of those walls and reveal shadows in their wake.

March 18, 2021