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H1-10 Enter The Infinite - Exaltation

H1-10 Enter The Infinite - Exaltation

Damien Hirst

Tapestry, 2016
Tapestry Edition of 20

Critical Review

The tapestry is part of a collection of twelve tapestries, Enter The Infinite, which were all produced using a Jacquard loom. The Jacquard loom is a mechanical loom which uses a series of punch cards to control the weaving of patterns. The loom was invented by French weaver Joseph-Marie Jacquard in 1804 and revolutionised the production of textiles due to the way complex patterns could be manufactured quickly by unskilled workers.

The mechanical precision and efficiency of the Jacquard loom and the resulting tapestries captures how Hirst’s artworks often blur the boundary between art and science. Hirst’s Spot paintings, which the artist worked on from 1986 to 2011 are also exemplary of this methodological approach to art. In the Spot paintings, Hirst produced grids of spots which were evenly spaced out from one another and identical in size. The geometric precision of the Spot paintings resonates strongly with the artworks in Enter The Infinite.

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