4th - 26th October
Performance: 24th October 6:00-8:00pm
series: human figures are densely enveloped
in a cocoon of thread making them disappear,
or rather reappear as “absent presences”.
Flore Gardner 2008
Sewn-Photographs are organised in four different
series: “Horizon”, “Ghosts”,
These pieces consist of old photos recuperated in
antique markets and car-boot sales or old and more
recent family photos, over which I draw by sewing
different coloured thread through the photos. Contradictory/complementary
practices (photography and sewing) are brought together
In these sewn pieces the 2D drawn line is “translated”
into a 3D sewn line - a thread.
The thread in the exhibition, just like that of Ariadne’s,
serves to guide the eye through the labyrinth of pictures,
but could also be a time line materialised, threading
its way through these photos old and recent.
The symbolic value of sewing – at the same
time the needle can hurt (prick or even pierce)
and can heal (the surgeon’s needle stitches
to repair) – is transposed here to the photos
which are damaged by this treatment (by the numerous
tiny holes all over) but also transformed, recreated
and gain another meaning.
Sewing, like knitting or other crafts, is a three
dimensional version of doodling: this drawing activity,
or rather non-activity, accompanies thought, a wandering
of the mind in a reverie. It is a parergon in the
sense that Derrida [Jacques DERRIDA, La vérité
en peinture, Paris, Flammarion, 1978] develops:
“around” the oeuvre, it is made in the
margins; it is a “secondary” or “accessory”
activity, done while doing something else; it is
at the limit in between the work and outside the
work, the link between idea and execution, and tends
to become oeuvre in my proposed project.
sewn photographs are quite small (approx. 10x10cm)
so the exhibition space could easily contain the
Best suited for the long 30 foot wall is the “Horizon”
series which will be hung in such a way that the
horizon in each photo will be aligned forming one
long horizon line. On the four panels opposite this
wall I would hang the abstract and figurative “Doodled”
photos. Finally in the other part of the exhibition
space I would like to hang the “(Out-)line”
photos and opposite them the filled-in “Ghosts”
series: the horizon (line) is redrawn, strange looking
architectures appear far out at sea or new mountain
ranges are invented.
series: little abstract repetitive doodles are sewn
over photographs of ordinary situations, or, simple
figurative elements are drawn over photographs adding
another layer of meaning.
series: human figures are densely enveloped in a cocoon
of thread making them disappear, or rather reappear
as “absent presences”.
series: an object or a figure is outlined by the thread
which tends to break away from the contour as if temporarily
out of control.