Lump is pleased to announce Lumpxx a year of special exhibitions to celebrate its 20th season of programming. Lumpxx looks back and to the future with its mission intact that combines the rigor and professionalism of a commercial gallery with the experimental attitude of alternative spaces. Lump presents exhibitions and projects with emerging, mid-career and under-recognized artists and is committed to the exhibition of challenging and thought-provoking contemporary art that falls outside the confines of a commodity-driven art market.

Lump is pleased to announce its 2nd installment for Lumpxx, celebrating Lump's 20th season of programming. Dress/Shield, an exhibition of new works by six women artists who have a history of showing at Lump. Dress/Shield will run from October 2 to October 31, 2015 with an opening reception on Friday, October 2nd from 6 - 9pm.

The artists featured in the exhibition include Leah Bailis, Philadelphia, PA; Lee Delegard, Brooklyn, NY; Lydia Moyer, Covesville, VA; Molly Schafer, Chicago, IL; Tory Wright, Greenville, SC; and Laura Sharp Wilson, Salt Lake City, UT. Their working processes are diverse, encompassing sculpture, textiles, video, photography, and works on paper.

For the artists, their identity as women underpins the work they make. Individually, their voices are distinct and varied. This group show is an opportunity to see how the perception of those voices changes when they are in chorus and to explore the connections between the work of women artists who are disparate in geography and media while sharing a formative connection to North Carolina and Lump.

Schafer and Wright respond to recent motherhood with drawing, photographs and intricate paper-cut (respectively) while Moyer frames the experience of being female through text-based work that references local and national politics. Bailis does so with quilts that double as full-body masks; Delegard uses painting and sculpture to explore relationships between desire, consumerism, and the body. Sharp Wilson, whose practice is most often painting, expands on her nature-inspired work with an installation of newly created textiles referencing historical social concerns.