Sarabande Foundation presents Deadstock – an exhibition by artist-in-residence, Tenant of Culture running until 10th June.
For her first solo show at Sarabande, Tenant of Culture showcases a combination of existing and new works created during her residency at the Foundation. The artist continues her exploration of themes such as protection and storage of garments, objects found, made, wearable or sculptural. For this exhibition, the artist further examines the notion of the institutional archive: its functions and themes of preservation and decay juxtaposed with cultural hierarchy. By using processes like restoring and preserving, the artist positions her works between installations and commercial products.
She looks at the contradictory relationship between the archive and trend; the fleeting and the contingent versus the durably preserved. Playing with wearability, function and miss-use, the show includes biker jackets made of recycled handbags, a papier-maché denim jacket and a commissioned work by Ketel One Vodka, constructed from gloves used in the process of distilling – the same process they have used for eleven generations.
Recently graduated from the textiles MA at the Royal College of Art in London. Tenant of Culture has previously exhibited her work in various places such as The ICA as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries (London, UK), Centraal Museum (Utrecht, NL), Foothold Project Space (Polignano a Mare, IT), Clearview ltd. (London, UK) and is currently part of The Camden Arts Centre Peer Forum (London, UK).
Sarabande Foundation was established by Alexander McQueen to celebrate creative minds with the potential to push boundaries. Named after McQueen’s 2007 Spring/Summer collection, the foundation provides scholarships to students at graduate and postgraduate level as well as housing artist studios at Sarabande HQ for designers, artists and jewellers. The genesis of all Lee’s achievements was his open-minded approach to absorbing diverse creative influences and applying them in new and exciting ways. It is that openness and bravery that Sarabande seeks to inspire in future generations of creatives.