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H1-2 Enter The Infinite - Dream

H1-2 Enter The Infinite - Dream
Tapestry

Damien Hirst

Tapestry, 2016
Tapestry Edition of 20

Critical Review

The tapestry is one of twelve tapestries that belong to Hirst’s Enter The Infinite collection. Each tapestry in this collection was made by Hirst 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 because of the way in which complex patterns could be manufactured by unskilled workers. Production time was also cut significantly which allowed for the reproduction en masse of textiles.

Hirst was very interested in the mechanical reproduction of artworks and the way in which the trace of the artist could be removed from an artwork. Hirst’s most notable exploration of reproduction in art are his Spot paintings in which Hirst deployed a team of assistants to produce huge compositions of identical spots which were evenly spaced out in a grid formation.

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