Jesse M. Kahn
queer eruv (2009)
Cotton thread
Dimensions variable (detail)
Jesse M. Kahn
5 Pillows from the home arts projects (2007)
Cotton, thread, aida cloth, polyfill, ribbon
32 x 11 inches (detail of 2 pillows)
Jesse M. Kahn

The Home Arts Project, of which 5 Pillows is the beginning, is an attempt to objectively and subjectively queer traditional home décor. By employing materials and methods traditionally reserved for a domestic setting and, instead, placing them in a fine art space; by depicting explicit same sex sexual activity; and, by subverting the traditional gender role of the creator of domestic decorative arts, these pillows playfully question art world divisions and accepted social practices.

Queer Eruv uses the traditional Jewish declaration of private space, an eruv, to symbolically create a safe space for queers. The eruv is constructed of hand crocheted cotton thread and installed above the traditional sight lines of a space. Shaped into an approximately equilateral triangle, the eruv drapes softly in the space, alluding to crêpe paper decorations, power lines, and gang turf demarcations in equal measures. Initially declaring artistic spaces safe, the eruv is an ongoing project, intended to grow over time, be taken to increasingly public spaces, and eventually permanently encircle historical sites of violence against queers.

Jesse M. Kahn
queer eruv (2009)
Cotton thread
Dimensions variable (detail)
Jesse M. Kahn
5 Pillows from the home arts projects (2007)
Cotton, thread, aida cloth, polyfill, ribbon
32 x 11 inches
Jesse M. Kahn
5 Pillows from the home arts projects (2007)
Cotton, thread, aida cloth, polyfill, ribbon
32 x 11 inches (installation view)