The inspiration for the rug derives from the many definitions and historical associations with the word fake.
A deliberate choice was taken to use a synthetic mass manufactured material and apply a hand made process of shearing to imitate a machined wool tufted rug. This ironic gesture proves the rug as a counterfeit, intentionally made to appear otherwise than it actually is. Presenting itself as a ‘fraudulent’ copy of something valuable – the imprints of the unique objects – the rug functions as the mapping of the Auction Room: it represents the fake reality of a staged scene.
Once the bids have fallen like a final judgment in a courtroom, the rug leaves behind the phantoms of the real objects as a sculptured forensic scene.
Photographer Ed Kulakowski
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