Coda (Another Misspent Portrait of Etienne de Silhouette), 2005-07
Type C photograph / 50 x 75cm
Digital composite view of the Vogue Hommes, Septembre 1986 #92 magazine’s erased pages and inscriptions (124 photographs)
Coda... is the central photographic work of the Another Misspent Portrait of Etienne de Silhouette installation as seen in the exhibitions Think with the Senses-Feel with the Mind. Art in the Present Tense (Venice Biennale 52. Exhibition of International Art, Venice 2007), Behind the Image-the Image Behind: on covering and uncovering the image (STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven 2009), Mary Kelly | Christian Capurro | Klaus Mosettig (Simon Preston Gallery, New York 2009), and Taking It All Away: MCA Collection (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2014-15). In 2010 it was shown independent of the wider project in the exhibition Print Resolution (Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Art Fair Project Room).
The photograph depicts the mass erased and inscribed Another Misspent Portrait of Etienne de Silhouette magazine, a secondhand Vogue Hommes, Septembre 1986 #92. The magazine lies open on a worn and marked table, seemly showing one double page spread. In actuality it is a digital composite-image of approximately one hundred and twenty four photographs, each a double page view of the transformed Vogue Hommes' interior, pictured-as-one in something of a simultaneous, 'impossible' view of the magazine. Visible on its palimpsestic surface are traces of the inscriptions made by the two hundred and fifty plus participants marking the time each spent erasing 'their' page, hourly rates showing what their working time was priced at at the time, if anything, the sum of this time and dollar value equation, miscellaneous notations, as well as unerased image and text residue.
Coda... is the culmination of a prolonged period of work towards translating into a singular pictorial form something of the spatial, temporal and conceptual dimensions of the Another Misspent Portrait... project, as embodied by its central element, the erased and inscribed Vogue Hommes magazine.
This photograph and the 2004 Project Poster are the only multiple elements now available from the Another Misspent Portrait... project, which is now held in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.