the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity

2016, 17 × 23.5 × 0.7 cm, 80 pages,

cold glue bound, black and white/four colour offset, paper: 80 gsm Olin bulk, 45 gsm Elementa opaque classic, 150 gsm Olin regular, distributed by Idea Books, available now via their website and associated bookshops. Also available directly from 7.45 Books.

the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity
the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity
the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity
the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity
the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity
the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity
the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity
the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity
the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity
the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity
the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity
the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity
the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity
the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity
the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity
the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity
the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity
the ‘suits’ archived with an inventory for ten years of performativity
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 ‘suits’ archived book is structured around reports and documentation produced by the conservators of the ‘suits’, added to which is an inventory of each time a ‘suit’ was worn, with the dates, location and purpose of each intervention, a trove of found images inadvertently capturing them and the contents of the ‘suits’ pockets from each wear.

Designed by Stéphanie Dondelinger, with a text by Laura van Grinsven (translated by Beverley Jackson) and a repurposed text piece by Robert Barry.

exhibitions

Rijksakademie Open, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

thanks

Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Mondriaan Fonds, Stichting Stokroos, Stichting Hinderrust Fonds, Stéphanie Dondelinger, Antalis bv, Laura van Grinsven, Emmy de Groot, Marijke de Bruyne, Sjoukje Telleman, Bram van den Berg, Annelie Musters, Wytske Visser

Alex Farrar
Born 1986 in Leeds, United Kingdom
CURRENTLY
20.10.17 ‘Distant Constellations’ group exhibition at The Great Medical Disaster, Manchester
6 – 10.10.17 ‘Staging the inhabitable’ group exhibition at Cultureel Centrum het Fijnhout, Jacob van Lennepkade 334, Amsterdam
1.5.17 – 1.5.19 Kindly supported by the Mondriaan Fonds Stipendium for Established Artists
18 – 21.5.17 Arco Lisboa with Dürst Britt & Mayhew
6 – 9.2.17 Guest lecturing for the Autonomous Fine Arts department of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.
3.1.17 the ‘suits’ archived book will be distributed by Idea Books and is available now via their website and associated bookshops.
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The typeface used throughout is Maria Pro, created by Phil Baber, whose 2010 design for the Index book reappears here in the work pages.
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