the ‘suits’ archived

2016, 01:44:59, 1 channel HD digital video, sound


the ‘suits’ archived shares 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 above film is part of an installation and shown alongside the archived ‘suits’ and the concrete ‘cast offs’.


Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Mondriaan Fonds, Stichting Elise Mathilde Fonds, Emmy de Groot, Marijke de Bruyne, Sjoukje Telleman, Seeltje van Boeckel

Alex Farrar
Born 1986 in Leeds, United Kingdom
20.4.18, 10am – 6pm, I will be speaking at a one day ‘Distributed’ conference organised by David Blamey and Joshua Trees in Lecture Theatre 1, Royal College of Art, London
29.3.18 – 2.4.18 Unfair at Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
22 - 26.2.18 Christie’s Fundraiser Auction for Unfair 2018 at Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
21 – 25.2.18 Arco Madrid with Dürst Britt & Mayhew
16.2.18 – 24.3.18 ‘Body Building’ group exhibition at Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague
7.2.18, 2 - 6pm, ‘Circles of Recognition, Structures of Support: Becoming an Artist in Leeds Today’ seminar organised by the Henry Moore Institute, which will happen in the Henry Moore Lecture Theatre, Leeds Art Gallery
1.5.17 – 1.5.19 My work is generously supported by a grant for established artists from the Mondriaan Fonds (Netherlands)
recent exhibitions
Dürst Britt & Mayhew
COLOPHON was built with the ingenuity and patience of DisplayHooray.
The typeface used throughout is Maria Pro, created by Phil Baber, whose 2010 design for the Index book reappears here in the work pages.
Credit also goes to Qubik for my original website (2010–2014), which lives on in the icon based home page.