the ‘suits’ archived

Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, 25–27 November 2016

the ‘suits’ archived
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Commentary

the ‘suits’ archived signals the conclusion of a project that began in 2007 when without any prior experience or technical advice, I made a suit from scratch to wear whenever representing myself as an artist. In 2009, marking the end of my studies in Leeds a replacement ‘suit’ was produced, and with the repetition of labour, the new iteration improved on the initial attempt and suggested a course for the rest of the project: the work would end once a suit was made that was indistinguishable from a professionally crafted example.

Following replacements made in 2011, 2013 and 2014, a suit was produced in 2016 that was indistinct from a professionally made example and the previous attempts were archived by textiles conservators from the University of Amsterdam. The archived ‘suits’, together with a film recording the conservation process and publication is part of an installation in which the final suit is revealed through concrete casts of the test garments that were made in preparation.

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Commissioned text by Laura van Grinsven

thanks

Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Mondriaan Fonds, Stichting Elise Mathilde Fonds, Stichting Stokroos, Stichting Hinderrustfonds, Joseph H. Clissold, Antalis bv, Emmy de Groot, Marijke de Bruyne, Sjoukje Telleman, Stéphanie Dondelinger, Seeltje van Boeckel, Anthony Sgard, Seamus Cater, Sonia Mangiapane

photo credits: (img. 7, 8, 9- with additional post work done by Stéphanie Dondelinger, 10, 16, 17, 18) Sonia Mangiapane, (img. 1- with additional post work done by Stéphanie Dondelinger, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 19–24) Jack Cawood, (img. 11–15) Stéphanie Dondelinger

Alex Farrar
Born 1986, Leeds
Lives and works in Amsterdam and London

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