The Genius of a Fastener

March 15 – May 6, 2019

Inspired by a paperclip lost on the sidewalk, this exhibit celebrates the fastener – small, ubiquitous, and an indispensable part of our lives.

The simplest definition of a fastener is an object that joins two things together, but not permanently; like screws, buttons, and pushpins. Fasteners keep things together, but also allow you to pull things apart again, without damage.

And herein lies their genius. Because they’re temporary in nature, fasteners let us have the best of both worlds – tight or loose, open or closed, or pages reordered whenever we need.

So, this is an homage to the non-permanence of things, and the objects that give us the flexibility to change ours minds, to alter, adjust, or make better. And sure, it’s important to have seams sewn in, but sometimes it’s nice to have the option of a zipper.