Playing with Fire, 2011
Board Controller: 7 x 3 x 1 in.
Dynamite: 11 x 4 x 4 in.
Courtesy of the artist
Nathan Vincent questions the gender associations of toys with his crocheted art objects. Growing up in conservative rural Midwestern communities in the 1980s, Vincent observed that certain rules governed the toys with which he was allowed to play. For the artist objects such as video game controllers were clearly cemented in masculine culture as if to say: “This is what it means to be a man.” The artist subverts the masculine stereotype of video games and the violence within by recreating these symbols using a traditional craft most often associated with a feminine warmth and domesticity.