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the Ghost of Weaving

a meditation on patterns

Onomatopee 144

Featuring Elisa van Joolen, Esther Stocker, Freek Lomme, Hansje van Halem/Tracy Widdess, Har Sanders, Koen TaselaarMaria Hedlund, Sigrid Calon, Timon van der Hijden

The textures of our culture are reflected within the patterns we produce. Sometimes the surface that hosts the pattern is more slippery than imagined, or the pattern appears to have been too unstable in the first place.
As the ruler is held exclusively in the hands of man, why then is the pattern so tempting and why do we give into it time and time again? Extra more, as productive mastery is channelled through ever more abstract processes, digital tools and semi-finished particles, don’t we lose touch with the fundamentals of the pattern produced?

This project concerns the visual poetry that is released within the woven patterns’ ambivalence between fixation by rule and the dynamics of life; on the fracture of materialistic realism and the limits of the power we hold in our hands.
With this endeavour, we take a step back into the mastery of patterns in craft. We will balance this by looking back into the history of ideas involving patterns as visual motives to culture, and dive into our experience of patterns.

The exhibition surveys the visual poetry of various handcraft masters dealing with the imaginative fabric of patterns and surface. The show will furthermore offer speculation upon the phenomenon of the visual pattern as an identifier, along the thoughts of Onomatopee’s Freek Lomme.
Inspired by the works of various artists who have fascinated him for years now, he wants to re-imagine our capacity to understand the dichotomous life between the pattern as an immanent yet hidden cultural motive, and the pattern as texture; which through transcendence, we can actually reach out for. We only hope he’s chasing something he can hold on to within this spectral subject.

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Freek Lomme, 2018

the Ghost of Weaving

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The textures of our culture are reflected within the patterns we produce. Sometimes the surface that hosts the pattern is more slippery than imagined, or the pattern appears to have been too unstable in the first place. As the ruler is held exclusively in the hands of humankind, why then is the pattern so tempting and why do we give into it time and time again? Furthermore, as productive mastery is channelled through ever more abstract processes, digital tools and semi-finished particles, don’t we lose touch with the fundamentals of the pattern produced?

In parallel with an array of visual poetry by various handcraft masters dealing with the imaginative fabric of patterns and surface, we speculate upon the phenomenon of the visual pattern as an identifier through the thoughts of Onomatopee’s Freek Lomme. Inspired by the works of various artists who have fascinated him for years now, he wants to re-imagine our capacity to understand the dichotomous life between the pattern as an immanent yet hidden cultural motive, and the pattern as texture; which through transcendence, we can actually reach out for. We only hope he’s chasing something he can hold on to within this spectral subject.

This project concerns the visual poetry that is released within the woven patterns’ ambivalence between fixation by rule and the dynamics of life; on the fracture of materialistic realism and the limits of the power we hold in our hands.

With this endeavour, we take a step back into the mastery of patterns in craft. We will balance this by looking back into the history of ideas involving patterns as visual motives to culture, and dive into our experiences of them.

Contributing artists and designers: Elisa van Joolen, Esther Stocker, Hansje van Halem / Tracy Widdess, Har Sanders, Koen Taselaar, Maria Hedlund, Sigrid Calon, Timon van der Hijden.

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This publication was made possible with support from Onomatopee, the Mondriaan foundation and the Province of Noord-Brabant.

Type
hardcover
Dimensions
220 x 150 mm / 8.5 x 6 inches (portrait)
Pages
Leporello: 32 pages / 16 viewing pages. 2 x 24 pages selfcover, stapled booklets.
ISBN
978-94-91677-73-1
Editor
Freek Lomme
Author
Freek Lomme
Graphic
Benjamin Critton
Artist
Elisa van Joolen, Esther Stocker, Hansje van Halem / Tracy Widdess, Har Sanders, Koen Taselaar, Maria Hedlund, Sigrid Calon, Timon van der Hijden.
Language
English
Binding
D.I.Y.
Paper
Wibalin Finelinen, colour 546 silver grey 120 gr (cover)+ Wibalin Natural, colour 500 white 125 gr (inner cover) + Cyclus Print (=Reviva Print), white 115 gr (80 x 115 mm portrait booklets)
Edition
1.000
Color
Cover: one side impression in pms 10399 metallic black. Inside booklets: pms 801 blue replaces process cyan pms 805 red replaces process magenta pms 803 yellow replaces process yellow pms 10399 metallic black replaces process black
Printer
Unicum by Gianotten, Tilburg (NL)
Text editor
Josh Plough
Photography of the book
Blickfanger
Curator
Freek Lomme
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THE PEOPLE WHO’VE WORKED ON THIS PROJECT

  • Freek Lomme curator, editor, poet, writer website
  • Benjamin Critton graphic designer
  • Josh Plough editor, assistent curator, co-producer
  • Elisa van Joolen fashion designer, critic website
  • Sigrid Calon graphic designer
  • Hansje van Halem graphic designer
  • Tracy Widdess
  • Koen Taselaar artist
  • Timon van der Hijden graphic designer
  • Maria Hedlund artist
  • Esther Stocker
  • Har Sanders artist