Craigie Horsfield – Confluence and Consequence


M HKA, Antwerpen

08 October 2010 - 16 January 2011

Craigie Horsfield (1949, Great Britain) is one of the leading artists in the field of social projects in contemporary art, opening significant conceptions in the thinking of community and the individual. He works across media in video, photography, sound, drawing, performance and installation, used as instruments in the radical rethinking of ‘relation’, ‘slow time’, the ‘present’, and ‘attention’. Relation in this work concerns the idea that being is generated ‘between’ individuals—simply that we bring each other into being—and that the taking place of ‘being’ is within each encounter, each meeting, each conversation. This is the sphere of relation as telling, and therefore of art.

Horsfield's work has taken on a significantly new dimension with his recent tapestries. Made in cooperation with Flanders Tapestries, these large-scale weavings have come to be an important part of the regeneration of tapestry in contemporary art and of a renaissance of Flemish Tapestry at large. Tracing the notion of ‘relation’ in their material structure, the tapestries, whose coloured threads are meaningless individually, but which together, in confluence, form an image, can be seen as a metaphor for a social world.

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