Knitwork

ongoing since 1992

unravelled used garments, with text and photographic documentation , approx. 2m x increasing length

Begun in February 1992, Knitwork is a life-long piece made by my unraveling used garments and re-knitting the yarn into a single continuously growing object. As it records the ongoing passage of time and effort, the work becomes a monument to the artifacts that comprise it, to mundane activity, and to everyday labour. As a visual record of the passage of time, the details of the piece incidentally register variations in my process, and through these one can retrace a history of decisions. Although the slow accumulation of layers of obsolete goods might recall geological processes, the limits of the piece are actually human; the work will be finished when I cease (to be). It is both sublime and resolutely absurd, both excessive and banal, both rigorous and formless; in other words, it is a practical test of the imagination.

Some presentations of the object include a list chronicling the contents of the piece and/or photographs of the garments most recently added or a small stockpile of garments ready for unravelling. As of 2002, the piece included almost 300 garments. I sometimes perform the work in public while the piece is on exhibition.

Solo Exhibitions: Angel Row Gallery, Knitwork, Sep-Nov 2005. PDF
Solo Exhibitions: Germaine Koh: Open Hours, Fall 2002.
Solo Exhibitions: The British Museum, Knitwork, Feb-Apr 2002.
Solo Exhibitions: Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Germaine Koh: Knitwork, 1997.
Solo Exhibitions: Knitwork, 1996.
Solo Exhibitions: Knitwork, 1995.
Solo Exhibitions: Knitwork/Tricot-âge, Sep-Nov 1993.
Solo Exhibitions: Germaine Koh - Knitwork; Germaine Koh/Gordon Hicks - There|Here, 2012. Image
Group Exhibitions: Art Gallery of Ontario, All Together Now: Recent Toronto Art, Nov 2008-Spring 2009.
Group Exhibitions: 2004 Sobey Art Award Exhibition, Oct-Dec 2004.
Group Exhibitions: One Surprising Party, 13 Apr 2002.
Group Exhibitions: Art Gallery of Ontario, Waste Management, Apr-Jul 1999. PDF
Group Exhibitions: Biennale of Sydney, Every Day: 11th Biennale of Sydney , Sep-Nov 1998.
Group Exhibitions: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, London Life Young Contemporaries '96, 1998.
Group Exhibitions: London Regional Art and Historical Museums (now Museum London), London Life Young Contemporaries '96, Sep-Oct 1996.
Group Exhibitions: Center on Contemporary Art, Home Remedies and Magnificent Obsessions, Jul-Aug 1995.
Group Exhibitions: The New Gallery, Bodies of Evidence, Jun 1995.
Group Exhibitions: Or Gallery, Group exhibition, Apr-May 1995.
Group Exhibitions: University of Toronto Scarborough, Connections, Feb-Mar 1995.
Group Exhibitions: Randolph Street Gallery, I Love What I'm Doing, Jan-Feb 1995.
Group Exhibitions: Maison de la culture Frontenac, Fibres nerveuses, Dec 1994-Jan 05.
Group Exhibitions: Galerie SAW Gallery, Home, Sep-Oct 1994.
Group Exhibitions: Eastern Edge, Home, Aug 1994.
Group Exhibitions: Graduate exhibition, 1993.
Group Exhibitions: McIntosh Gallery, Secret Stash: Accumulation, Hoarding and the Love of Stuff, 2013.
Catalogues & Books:  Adam Geczy, Germaine Koh, Homemaking, 2003. Read
Catalogues & Books: Cliff Eyland, Germaine Koh: Around About , 2001. PDF
Catalogues & Books: Christina Ritchie, Waste Management, 1999.
Catalogues & Books: Anne Marie Léger, Fibres nerveuses, 1994.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Patrice Loubier, Germaine Koh Works., 2005. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Bethany Lyttle, Interweave Knits, Spring 2005. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Elissa Barnard, Halifax Herald, 29 Sep 2004. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Pascale Beaudet, exhibition essay, Feb 2004. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Sharon Aris, It's my party and I'll knit if I want to!, 2003. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Pennina Barnett, Women: a cultural review, Winter 2002. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Steve Reinke, Germaine Koh: Open Hours, 2002. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Regina Haggo, Hamilton Spectator, 28 Sep 2002. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Sarah Milroy, Globe and Mail, 3 Nov 2001. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Catherine Osborne, Canadian Forum, Mar 2000. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Laura U Marks, Tout le temps / Every Time: Biennale de Montréal 2000, 2000. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Dana Samuel, Fuse, 2000. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Si Si Peñaloza, Now, 8-14 Apr 1999.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Adriana Garcia, El Universal, 20 Apr 1999. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Gary Michael Dault, Globe and Mail, 17 Apr 1999.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Christopher Hume, Toronto Star, 15 Apr 1999.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Ingrid Chu, National Post , 8 Apr 1999.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Ihor Holubizky, Canadian Art, Spring 1999. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Jan Allen, Every Day: 11th Biennale of Sydney , 1998. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Joy Hickson, Lethbridge Herald, 18 Jul 1997.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Jan Allen, Germaine Koh: Personal, 1997. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Dionne McAffee, exhibition brochure, 1995. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Robin Laurence, Vancouver Sun, 13 May 1995. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Janis Bowley, exhibition brochure, 1995.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Mary Murphy, Karen Reimer & Jane Saks, exhibition brochure, 1995.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Jennifer Couëlle, ETC, Feb-May 1994. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Michele White, Cahiers du B-312, 1993. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Marie-Ève Charron, Le Devoir, 18 Feb 2012.

Collection(s): Art Gallery of Ontario

Germaine Koh, Knitwork, 1992, increasing length, unravelled used garments, with text and photographic documentation . Performance/installation detail, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, 1997. Photo: David Clearwater