Clothed Paintings

Clothed Paintings is a project I did with Aleksandar Dimitrijevic (painter) that spans in between art (painting) and clothes (fashion design), emphasizing links between them created using sewing patterns – patterns as a base for painting, not just a base for apparel. Random and/or deformed templates for dresses, skirts, shirts, jackets, pants translated onto canvases create dashed lined prints, and as such instruct the cutting the canvas itself. Alternatively, separate fabrics are used to design garments that represent artistic embodiment of paintings. These designed garments appear as symbols of clothes rather than the clothes itself.

In this process the final results, that are a hybrid between painting and clothes, challenge consumers of art to touch, wear, hide and cover themselves up with art pieces, questioning a habitual relationship between the audience and contemporary painting. Simultaneously, interactivity, which is the product of interdisciplinary approach, creates specific mishmash of exhibition and intimate space.

BEHIND THE PAINTING – 200×300 cm diptych, mixed media on canvas

Sewing sleeves onto canvas created an interactive hybrid between painting and clothes. It is a playful structure that should provoke you to enter the space behind it so you can shake hands with either the person standing in front of the canvas or the one who is also behind it, to wave to someone, and to touch the painting – to put your hand in the pocket without asking and take something from it or leave something there…

WEAR THE PAINTING – 200×150 cm, mixed media on canvas

Simple concept based on the deformed patterns transferred on canvases has created a basis for making clothes – using these warped patterns as sewing patterns has given the final output in the form of paintings and clothes. Rough dyeing of designed garments, by dipping them in the bucket full of yellow paint, strengthened the connection between the painting and clothes.

CUT THE PAINTING – 200×300 cm , mixed media on canvas

This is a little bit violent method that included cutting the painting, which is a collage of textile remnants sewed onto the canvas and painted with markers and acrylic. The final result is a jacket made of the pieces from the painting and a riddled painting.

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