Carla Arocha + Stéphane Schraenen, Untitled Leather (Chris), 2006-2015
Digital print on leather on Alu-Dibond
20 x 60 cm (7¾ x 23½ in)
Edition of 15 + 3 Artist Proofs unique variants
Signed, numbered and dated
Antwerp-based duo Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen's edition was inspired by the forensic scene of the comedian Chris Farley's death. The Saturday Night Live star was found dead in his apartment on the 60th floor of the John Hancock Center in Chicago in 1997. He was found shirtless, arms outstretched, holding rosary beads in one hand and money in the other. The cause of death was an accidental opiate/cocaine intoxication and coronary atherosclerosis.The image depicted on Arocha & Schraenen's print was generated using mathematical chaos pattern while its colours refer to post-mortem body fluids symptomatic of a drug overdose. This design was then printed on leather, which was cut down into individual pieces and mounted on aluminium to create fifteen unique pieces. The cutting line was purposefully positioned at random sections of the leather fabric, making each print different from each other.
This limited edition work was produced on the occasion of the group exhibition The Gap, Selected Abstract Art from Belgium, curated by Luc Tuymans for Parasol unit, London, 9 September - 6 December 2015.