Ed Fornieles

Associations

Ed Fornieles’ new Associations series links together images based on formal and conceptual associations. Arranged as square tiles in interlocking rows and columns, the ‘maps’ initially look like crossword puzzles. When we think about how the patterns were produced—how image begat image begat image—the geometric forms are more akin to traces or trails, like a game of snake played on an old Nokia. It is fair to assume that the majority of images were chosen based on resemblances to previous images, creating a rhythmic temporality that shapes present in terms of past.*

If the unconscious is a biological operative system – “a machine for operating an animal” (Cormac McCarthy) – Fornieles’ associations reveal fragments of an inner psyche and the unclear distinctions between its elemental drives, the social forces that have shaped it and the fundamentally mediated quality of subjectivity itself. Using various internet search tools, Fornieles relates his process to ‘the zone’ or ‘flow state’ – the mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, involvement and enjoyment in the process of the activity. Connected both with the creative act (such as playing a musical instru­ment) as well as compulsive and addictive behaviour, it is also a state many social media companies aim to push their users into as a form of captivating their attention and making them pliable to suggestion and direction.

The specific associations between images and the recurrence of particular motifs bring thematic concerns into focus: apocalyptic destruction; biological and/or technological reproduction; the interplay of nature and culture; literal and figurative forms of patterning; the consumption of food, bodies, images and/or commodities; the playing of games. At times conscious and considered, at others trance-like, intuitive, and unthinking, the strings of association speak at once of subjectivities, individual and collective, the networked condition of contemporary images, and—again—the inseparability of the two.*

With remarkable economy, Associations highlights how images today exist in a space that is at once human and non-human; are constituted via a fluid, ongoing dynamic that lacks beginning or end. The experience of tracing the connections that power through the series, as one image morphs into the next, and then the next, makes it clear that any effort to break, or even halt, that process is arbitrary and probably pointless. It is instead through an immersion doubling as an acute form of awareness—a kind of attentive, meditative state—that we can knowingly inhabit, and so better understand, the processes through which we become images, and images become us.*

*Quoted from Ben Burbridge "On Ed Fornieles' Asociations" 2021

The associations reveal fragments of an inner psyche and the unclear distinctions between its elemental drives, the social forces that have shaped it, and the fundamentally mediated quality of subjectivity itself

Ed Fornieles
Dinosaurs & Strange Creatures with Mr. Know-it-Owl, 2021

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Cool Cat Finds a Gun, 2021

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The Bears in the Bed and the Great Big Storm, 2021

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The specific associations between images and the recurrence of particular motifs bring thematic concerns into focus: apocalyptic destruction; biological and/or technological reproduction; the interplay of nature and culture; literal and figurative forms of patterning; the consumption of food, bodies, images and/or commodities; the playing of games.

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Snakes with Ladders, 2021

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Like Cotton Twines, 2021

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In these strings of associations, formal and cultural hierarchies are flattened; the network made legible as a chain of infinite yet strangely circumscribed possibilities, simultaneously navigated and constructed through the desires it shapes and is shaped by.

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Pickles: The Dog Who Won the World Cup; The Reason I Jump, 2021

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107 x 19 x 4 cm (42 1/8 x 7 1/2 x 1 5/8 in) and 131 x 19 x 4 cm (51 5/8 x 7 1/2 x 1 5/8 in); overall installed: 242 x 19 x 4 cm (93 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 1 5/8 in)
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Fornieles relates his process to ‘the zone’ or ‘flow state’ – the mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, involvement and enjoyment in the process of the activity. Connected both with the creative act (such as playing a musical instru­ment) as well as compulsive and addictive behaviour, it is also a state many social media companies aim to provoke in the user as a form of captivating their attention and making them pliable to suggestion and direction.

Ed Fornieles, Associations, 2021, HD Video with sound, Composer: Gretchen Lawrence, 48:00min, Edition of 3 + 2AP

Ed Fornieles
Associations, 2021

HD Video with sound
Composer: Gretchen Lawrence
48:00min
Edition 1 from an Edition of 3 + II AP
(CI-EF-0322)
£5,000 + VAT

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Ed Fornieles, Associations, 2021, HD Video with sound, Composer: Gretchen Lawrence, 48:00min, Edition of 3 + 2AP (CI-EF-0322)