POLITE REMNANTS 2011

POLITE REMNANTS (Laissez Unfaire/Lascia Fare), 2011-2014, photography, 77 x 115 cm (30 x 45 in), archival ink on epson matte paper. Formed by wear & machine labor, formal studio-lit portraits of machined-washed residual become friendly posed objects. The remains were caught from the drying machine sieves in homes and laundromats in the USA. These machines are found to a lesser degree in countries, such as Norway or Japan, where plein-air drying remains common. The first impulse to make the series was an interest in dust, magnetics, and accumulation. I wondered, could understanding a system come about through studying a byproduct of that system? Invisible, often actually means marginalised or discarded, when there are often some material fact unexamined. By looking at these discarded objects in an archive, Laisséz-unfaire asks viewers to consider systemic changes in the way matters are handled. Laisséz-faire systems, government remains out of business dealings. In a Laisséz-unfaire system, there are systems created for gathering remnants, and possibly entire systems created to manufacture remains. In Italian, Lascia Fare means to Let It Be. In the dialectic and semiotic investigation, Laisséz-Unfaire (Lascia Fare), makes visible nascent knowledge embedded in the everyday life of machine and human labor. Perhaps in looking at portraits of byproducts, the machinations around the ideas of progress are revealed to evaluate their qualities.


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