By a thread

String as contemporary art medium

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Julien Salaud

Julien Salaud
 

Traditional 'string art' takes an unexpected direction in French sculptor Julien Salaud's fusion of the form with taxidermy.

Studding stuffed animals with nails (he has a particular fondness for deer) before cocooning them in dense, geometric webbing, Salaud refers to the results as 'constellations' - especially apt when the works are lit with fluorescent light to define an intricate, cosmos-like arrangement of threads.

Julien Salaud
Julien Salaud
 
Julien Salaud
 
Julien Salaud
 
Julien Salaud
 

Kaoru Hirano

Kaoru Hirano
 
Kaoru Hirano

By picking apart items of used clothing, Japanese artist Kaoru Hirano creates works that are not only ghostly in appearance, but also serve as spectral embodiments of previous owners.

"You can take apart someone's clothes", Hirano has stated, "but there's a history that remains in the fibres."

Kaoru Hirano
 

Hong Sung Chul

Hong Sungchul
 

For Korean artist Hong Sung Chul, string as a medium is deeply symbolic, reminiscent not only of the umbilical cord, but representative, too, of the various interactions that connect human beings .

Consequently, thread has featured throughout his career, appearing, for example, in early performances (documented as video) in which the artist appears to ingest noodle-like lengths of cord.

Hong Sung Chul
 

More recently, Hong Sung Chul has used elastic thread as a platform for photographic images of the human body.

Arranged in several tiers, the strings make up dense, ultimately fragmented images which shift in form and coherence according to the angle from which they are viewed.

And the particularly mutable properties of elastic itself - both retractive and expansive; flexible yet capable of tautness - are again seen as metaphorical for the ever-changing flux of social relations, adding formal complexities to the portraits with which the strings are imprinted.

Hong Sung Chul
 
Hong Sung Chul
Hong Sung Chul
 

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