Sunday, 30 November 2014

Cornelia Parker and Erdem

Cornelia Parker

When looking for artists that had used some form of deconstructing within their work I couldn’t find a better example than Cornelia Parkers Exploding Shed piece. The shed was literally blown up by the British Army with the remaining pieces then arranged to hang from the ceiling of the gallery the piece was exhibited in. I love the way that the piece has been lit up by a single spotlight as the remaining fragments of the shed create such an interesting shadow on the walls, floor and ceiling that they add another dimension for the viewer.
I like the contrast between the two pieces as Exploding Shed was purposely deconstructed by Cornelia Parker to make the piece whereas Hanging Fire, was made using salvaged material from a suspected arson attack. I like the idea of constructing a piece of art from what would ordinarily be rubbish lying around on the ground. The formation of the pieces of wood is also interesting as it almost links in with it in its original form of the building before it was burnt down. As Cornelia Parkers work is showing deconstruction from an art point of view I would like to focus on a fashion collection that uses elements of the theme.


When looking for words associated with deconstruction one of the more obvious ones was cut. From a fashion point of view laser cutting is often used to create  detailing and I found a lot of it used in Erdem’s Autumn/Winter 2014/2015 collection. I really like the intricate detailing that feature on these dresses as they create such beautiful effects. The cut outs make the design of the dresses change from what are fairly simple cream dresses to something that looks like proper high end fashion.
I love the concertina neck detailing on the dress on the left as it is so sharp and structure that it is at odds with the scalloped edging along the bottom of it and the actual shape of the cutout. The idea of constructing this kind of ruffled shape is something I would like to work with myself as I think it adds a 3 dimensional edge to what is otherwise a fairly flat garment. Both garments are total contrasts to the Comme De Garcons pieces as the Erdem dresses are beautiful but totally wearable whereas the others were too outlandish to be worn on a day to day basis.

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