April 12, 2022 - June 04, 2022
A walkabout of the exhibition by the artist can be viewed on the Channel button or https://vimeo.com/701930229
The colour of Indigo, the colour used for a ‘blueprint’ permeates this exhibition. The architectural refences associated with a blueprint - a means by which architects draw out ‘a plan for the future’ becomes paradoxical in the context of disorder. The impression of a universe out of alignment as a result of the vicissitudes of the pandemic in the present has resonances to plagues of the past. The long association of indigo with trade-routes alludes to the economic routes by which The Bubonic plague and the current pandemic have been spread.
In The Order of Things, the English translation of Michel Foucault’s Les Mots et le choses (1966), the first chapter, Las Meninas, examines the painting Las Meninas by Velásquez, painted in 1656. This essay, etched into copper plates, became the substrate from which a series of prints, artist’s books, a video, and veils have been developed. The text is variously disrupted through absences, gaps, and overlays. The disrupted text is an attempt to find a visual metaphor for the way in which an ordered world, grammar, has been rendered disordered, unreadable.
lived through the Great Plague of Seville,
1646–1652 occurring only a few years before his completion of the
painting Las Meninas. This particular strain is believed to have arrived
by ship from Algeria, it was spread north by coastal shipping, afflicting towns
and their hinterlands along the Mediterranean coast as far north as Barcelona. This was the greatest, but not the only, plague
of 17th century Spain. Blueprint for the Disorder of Things collapses time and space, moving between
references to the Great Plague in 16th and 17th century
Europe to references to the current Pandemic.
Blueprint for the DisOrder of Things, Ghostprints for the Infanta - Caught in a Moment of Stillness, 2022
Blueprint for the DisOrder of Things, Ghostprints for the Infanta - Our bodies, our faces, our eyes, 2022
Blueprint for the DisOrder of Things, Ghostprints for the Infanta - Manifested into pure spectacle, 2022
Blueprint for the DisOrder of Things, Trade-Off: The Far Recess of Invisibility, 2020