British photographer Elaine Duigenan
offers us intimate views of synthetic fibers designed to attract, seduce,
and encourage desire. She presents exquisite details of women's nylon
stockings — pale specimens glowing in inky black space and suspended
These modern-day digital photograms appear sometimes as sculptural landscapes, or surreptitious satellite views of forbidden territories.
They are intriguing in their casual flung-offness and overlapping textures, crisply detailed in their softness. With the photographic process, she has discovered yet another way to fetishize one of the ultimate fetish objects in western civilization — these filmy sleeves designed with logic and intent to accentuate with a sheen, the curve of an ankle or a calf.
The scientific, archaeological approach to this study also reveals, of course, a sort of tug and pull between machine-manufactured intention, and the delicate, playful and flirty, and the serious, seamed and sensuous. This tension, the subtle tonal range, and the tight cropping, make these images rich and generous in all they have to offer.
In her artist's statement, Duigenan says: "The ghostly images have a multitude of referents and manage to hover between 'intimations of elegance' and downright quirkiness.
"Ultimately perhaps the dialogue they prompt has to do with perfection and imperfection, residing somewhere between the smoothness and the wrinkles, and in the tension of close-knit and loosening threads..."
Objects examined range from vintage 'stockings' to the more contemporary nylons. Titles are derived from real terms used as descriptions on packaging and promotions.
The artist has also compiled a brief written history of stockings which you may find interesting, as well.
For this series, Daniel Gordon first creates three-dimensional sculptures—made from collages of printed digital imagery borrowed from magazines and the Internet—and then photographs them with a 4 x 5 view camera. With these appropriated materials, his subjects and compositions reference Modernist masters like Picasso, Dalí, Matisse, and Cézanne.
"Where is the border between one person and another? What really defines closeness?" These delicately constructed images—portraying feelings suspended in time—draw us into the intimacy of all kinds of different relationships.