LeDray is one of contemporary art’s brightest stars, and this show, organized by the ICA’s Randi Hopkins, is the most beautiful, poignant, and witty show the ICA has mounted since moving to its new waterfront home in 2006.
LeDray treats clothes as surrogates for human identity, particularly male identity, and for the many types of work that go into constructing it. As such — and unlike the fashion industry, which is founded on an unblinking faith in the potential of clothes to communicate power, beauty, and self-worth — his work is intensely alive to the pathos clothes can communicate, and to the many senses in which they just don’t . . . quite. . . fit. (more)
LeDray’s workworkworkworkwork travels to the Whitney Museum of American Art (the entire third floor, November 18, 2010-February 13, 2011) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (dates TBA). Although LeDray comes from Seattle and was a guard at the Seattle Art Museum, his exhibit is not scheduled for a Northwest stop.