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January 16, 2014

textile

From Tami

Looms were the first machines the Luddites (Jacquard looms are often called the first computers) tried to destroy back in the early English Industrial Revolution.  The looms and their industry made their way to America – and now in the 21st century on to China.  Christopher Payne’s photographs of the remaining American textile mills look more like ‘Ann Hamilton meets Carl Andre‘ art installations than documentation of an obsolete industry.  His long-exposure shots take hours to set up – and is a fitting medium then – as time seems to stand still in the images. Payne is trained as an architect and his eye for the purpose driven object is softened by the fluff and vibrant color of the fiber. Barrels filled with powdered dyes with intriguing names like Intracid Blue A, Nylosan Scarlet, Lanaset Green and Intralan Bordeaux.  The mill industry has moved to China – and we are left with the poetics – and isn’t that better? For Christopher Payne’s photographs of the remaining American textile mills see New York Times feature here.

 

 

 

 

 

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