K8 Hardy’s work typically subverts common conceptions of fashion and consumerism, combining product close-ups, meticulous styling and staging. Her photographs and sculptures employee layering to confuse and undermine assumptions about class, economics, race and gender. She “teases out” the emotional meanings in everything – from clothes to figures in a landscape. “This blanket expression that you shouldn’t judge a person by their clothes is ridiculous to me,” she said. “Every article of clothing is so loaded with signifiers, I don’t know how you can help but make up stories about people and their desires based on what they wear.”
Agnes Denes’ The World of Thornes (1968) is a new acquisition at MOMA, and man is it ever rad! Made of electroplated plexiglass and synthetic polymer paint on a light box, the piece is challenging to photograph because it is like trying to shoot a mirror straight on without getting yourself in the photo. These pictures turned out really good though. Love this!