I have written in several previous posts about clothes as objects, and the meanings that they acquire when they are seen without bodies inside them. Clothes without bodies can be perceived as being unfulfilled, as if they are not living up to their potential. As I have observed here, clothes in rigged displayed, separated from the body, invite observers to focus on their colour and tactile qualities, rather than the shape and cut that would be key when a garment is displayed on a human form. These features – colour and texture – are those that are often most interesting to artists. Clothes have become objects of fascination for creative practitioners outside of the fashion industry, including photographers such as Jospeh Ford. Given everything that I have previously written on this subject, this post will be a photo-essay…
Shirts, selected and arranged for their colour, photographed by Maria Victoria Guerrerca, 2012. In acts of appropriation, artists remove clothes from the context of wearing, and exploit their other features. Cuban art duo, Guerra de la Paz, select discarded clothing by its colour, and employ it as a flexible material in the construction of sculptural objects.
Cuban art duo, Guerra de la Paz, find clothing in recycling and waste bins.
Guerra de la Paz
Issey Miyake origami-inspired clothing folds flat into abstract decorative shapes. Even when draped over the volume of a body, these garments retain some folded contours and points. They conform more readily to folded shapes than the contours of the wearer’s body.
Advertisement for ski clothing, created by the Hummingbirds agency, photographed by Philip Karlberg.
Berg Clothes Horse. These structures are designs to transform mess into art.
Bela Borsodi folds and arranges clothing to form faces and masks.
MARÍA VICTORIA GUERRERO
Guerra de la Paz:
Hummingbird ad for ski clothing
Berg clothes horse
Bela Borsodi clothes masks