Kari Dyrdal at exhibition with Glenn Adamson
Professor Kari Dyrdal participates with her piece "Harnisk & Brett" at the exhibition "Shot Through" curated by Glenn Adamson at Hordaland Art Centre. The art piece is part of the series Jacquardfortellinger. The exhibition opens on 28 October 2011 at 7pm and is on till 18 December 2011.
Textile and photography: the two media seem, at first, to be antithetical. On the one hand we have a painstakingly slow craft, and on the other an immediate and automatic process. One is constructive, the other indexical. Weaving is rooted in the past, photography the ultimate medium of modernity.
Yet the history of these two art forms is more intertwined than one would expect. At times each seems to strive for the condition of the other. Since the nineteenth century, textile artists have sought to revivify their medium by emulating the exactitude and fine grain of the photographic print. Photographers, in turn, have sometimes seemed to hunger for the inherent abstraction and process-driven logic imparted by the loom. And there are other points of connection too: the origin of digital computing (now the technology in which photography generally occurs) in the mechanics of Jacquard looms; the use of photos as sources for weavers' printing plates; and that signature image type of modern life, the fashion photo.
This exhibition seeks to trace the exchange of these two media in miniature. It brings together four disparate contemporary works that create photographic images in a weave; each perches somewhere between loom and camera. Two works are by established artists in the show (Lia Cook and Chuck Close), and two are by emerging artists (Johanna Friedman and Karina Presttun).
The exhibition is curated by art historian Glenn Adamson, Deputy Head of Research and Head of Graduate Studies at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.