Crystal beads, packed medicine, recycled yarns, 24K gold threads, jewellery, natural dyed cotton, silk threads and spices.
135 x 33 cm
Saudi Arabia (detail)
Rubber and black synthetic yarns, coated acrylic yarns, 24K gold threads and aluminium threads
135 x 33 cm
Acrylic coated yarns, natural dyed cotton, recycled fibres, 24K gold plated beads and aluminium threads
135 x 33 cm
Rubber yarns, 24K gold threads, traditional beads, natural dyed cotton and other synthetic yarns
135 x 33 cm
A Wall’s Jewellery
Opening reception: Monday, 7 January from 7.00 to 10.00 pm
Fann A Porter is pleased to present Totem: A Wall’s Jewellery, an exhibition by New York based French textile artist, Sebastien Courty from 7 January to 31 January 2019. The exhibition will present twelve individual hand-woven, wall-mounted textile installations represented as totems, embodying different countries with their natural and manufactured resources.
About the Exhibition
“Weaving is talking.” This is the statement that underlines Sebastian Courty’s entire practice. For this exhibition, Courty does the talking through his intricately woven wall-pieces, which he calls totems and that each represent a country. Through the distribution of the threads used in the delicate and incredibly detailed pieces, Courty has chosen to visually reflect that nation’s exported materials. The artist selects countries based on the materials they export most, as an opportunity to draft a singular identity through natural resources and commercial success.
The United Arab Emirates, for example, is the 25th largest exporter in the world with its 21% of its exports coming from crude oil, 11% from refined petroleum and 16% from gold. To illustrate this Courty has used deep black textile alongside 24 karat gold thread, rubber and precious stones and underlapped them in meaningful patterns.
In other pieces such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, also large oil exporters, the colour tone is similar but as the geography moves away from the Gulf, the colours of Jordan’s textile and tomato exports renders that nation’s piece in reds and blues and Lebanon’s trade in apples, pears, chocolate and copper makes the yellow hue prevalent.
Each weaving is framed in an elegant wooden box enabling the visitor to dive in each country’s culture and gain a fresh perspective about international social and economic landscapes in the 12 selected nations. Not limited to fibres, Courty’s work encompasses any material that will allow hand woven methods such as crystals, beads and other decorations.
Through this innovative series, the artist aspires to move the viewers by creating an emotion through his design techniques as well as a reaction to the information presented. Combining data, textile and design as well as diverse techniques and mediums, this series uses weaving as a language and Courty creates new and challenging textures to impart his message.
About the Artist
Originally from Limoges, a small and artistic town in France, Sebastien Courty grew up surrounded by ceramic, hand craft and art. Aged 17, he moved to Paris to attend the National School of Fine Art. He continued his studies at Studio Mode Paris, a renowned fashion and textile design school where he encountered and experienced fibres, texture and all the varying properties of textiles. Courty attended the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, USA to study Surface and Textile Design. Throughout his career, Courty worked with masters such as Dominique Fallecker, an art and fashion historian and Lidewij Edelkoort, a prominent trend forecaster.
His first textile exhibition was held in Paris, France in 2009. Courty’s recent solo exhibitions include Unknown Empire at AOUTU studio in Beijing, China in 2015, Angle in Cubisme at the Wanted Design space in New York, USA during the NY Textile Month in 2018 and TOTEM at LM Studio in Hyères in the south of France in conjunction with The Design Parade at the Villa Noailles in 2018.
The artist has been based in New York since 2012. His works can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide.
About Fann A Porter
Fann A Porter is a contemporary art gallery that represents a diverse selection of emerging international and regional artists. The gallery aims to nurture the burgeoning and dynamic contemporary art scene through quality exhibitions, non-profit events, auctions, and an active community programme.
Fann A Porter is based at The Workshop Dubai, a unique concept store consisting of an art gallery, a sustainable store, design space, and cafe.