A video documenting Charles LeDray's Mens Suits, London, United Kingdom
11 July 2009 – 17 October 2009
Arranged across the ground floor of a former fire station in Marylebone, London, Mens Suits* alluded to a charity shop or thrift store. The work was configured into three distinct tableaux, demarcated by floor tiles and suspended lighting systems, and related to different ways in which clothing is encountered in a second-hand shop; careful displays, casual racks and chaotic piles.
Mens Suits imparted no specific stories. The clothes kept their secrets. Taken as a totality however, Le Dray's ensemble invited reflection on larger narratives of conformity and difference, rejection and renewal, value and use in contemporary society.
For more information: artangel.org.uk/project/mens-suits/
A short film by Sam Blair
*Mens Suits was intentionally given in the vernacular, neglecting grammatical conventions.
Image: Coat hangers on a clothing rail, part of Mens Suits by Charles LeDray (2009). Photograph: Julian Abrams