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Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Elaine Duigenan

These images are from the Hairnets and Nylons series by Elaine Duigenan (her show Intimate Archaeology opens at Klompching Gallery on July 10th).

I interviewed Elaine yesterday for the BJP and she was so lovely and eloquent about her work I thought I would post.

The images are from digital photograms, and explore Elaine's obsession with the underbelly of the ephemera of everyday life, something she has been pursuing in her earlier images of old animal specimens.

Photographed on an ordinary household scanner (an old epson), they have a weird organic quality - they're a kind of photographic Rorschach Test.

Anyway, Elaine has really pushed the digital photogram to its limits here, but anyone can do it, albeit without the depth and complexity. Just one recommendation from Elaine - "You have to move on from flowers."

Remember that everyone, No Flowers!


Anonymous said...

I only looked at some work of Jim Lambie's work yesterday some of reminds me of Rorschach Tests.
Then while looking out for his work I noticed Roberto Scafidi, who claims Lambie is stealing his ideas:

Maybe he has a point, are there any original ideas anymore?


colin pantall said...

I don't know - Lambie's and Scafidi's work have some similarities butvery different as well. Scafidi's is more geometrical and Lambie's is more fluid - big difference.

It would be nice to have original ideas, but in the meantime let's just do the old ones, but do them well or in different and intelligent ways.

Alan said...

Would you consider my colour 'photograms' of refraction patterns on film an original enough idea to qualify?


Alan Jaras.

colin pantall said...

Hi Alan:

In answer to your question, possibly, but original ideas aren't what count, it's what you do with them that counts.

Elaine's idea isn't especially original but she has taken it, pursued it, broadened it and added her own dimension to it. She collects hairnets and stockings, she has researched their history, they tie in with her earlier work and she can talk about all that in a way that makes sense and she's charming to boot. All that counts for a lot - and that, ultimately, is what transforms the idea into something that if not original, is fresh, intelligent, invigorating and beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Mr.Scafidi' work is based on painting traditions.
hIs rantings seem child-like, insecure manipulative in it's attempt to gain attention.
His works superficially resemble a lot of artist's work from art history, for example Mondrian, Albers, frank Stella and Bridget Riley etc. etc.
His attempts are visually similar but conceptually fail to compete. Lambie's work deals conceptually with the architectural space in which it is situated, If you concern yourself to look, you would see that Lambie has a far broader practice in contrast to Scafidi who seems to deal mainly with one idea, which unless he invented stripes and colour, is derivative of many artists.. It is obvious that his inclusion of toys has been a recent developement and a poor attempt at mimicking Lambie's work. Empty vessels make the most noise. Mr. Scafidi is making a lot of noise with no evidence other than a stripe and a colour. Manipulative and irresponsible.
Like a child. Very sad and attention seeking.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with the fact that Scafidi is behaving very child-like with no real reason other than bitterness at the advancement and success of Jim Lambie. If I were Scafidi I would be embarrassed to go around claiming I invented the stripe and crying that 'people are copying me'. As an artist he should be more afraid of not being taken seriously and, if it were me, I would shut my mouth and let my work speak for itself. Perhaps Scafidi has done this and realised his work doesn't speak loud enough and so he has went for desperate tactics which has just left the rest of the artworld laughing at him.