Artist Alan Kane’s series of photographs exhibited within the hallowed walls of LCF display a collection of embroidered patches more traditionally seen sewn on to leather jackets, rucksacks and denim.
Describing these patches as “stitched tokens of defiance”, Kane explores how the patches represent a sense of rebellion and “non-conformity”. Kane exhibits the latest in his ‘quasi-anthropologic’ practice by sharing his interest in “what the wild things wear”. The traditionally rebellious aesthetic Kane favours is portrayed through his collection of patches, picture skulls, roses and military imagery. This aesthetic has arguably now become mainstream within fashion, media and music. Interestingly the aesthetic contrasts with the softer, stitched and tactile material composition. Each patch was photographed at a magnified size of 668% (the number being significant as ‘the neighbour of the beast’, yes, even more rebellion). The depth of texture displayed at this magnification gave the patches a beauty that is unable to be appreciated at their traditional size. The occasional loose thread or stitched imperfection became beautiful.
The exhibition’s title ‘Vanitas Vanitatum Omnia Vanitas :)’ translates to “Vanity, vanity, all is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). The title along with the addition of the typographical sign for a smile injects us with a sense of the artists humour.
The exhibition concludes Kane’s one-year residency at London College of Fashion and will be open until January 29th.
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London College of Fashion
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