Leigh Ledare, Double Bind, 2012.
Double Bind is built from a protocol established by the artist Leigh Ledare. He organizes, two months apart, two three-day work sessions. The first session brings the artist together with his ex- wife, Meghan Ledare-Fedderly, in a hotel room in New York’s countryside. For the second session, Meghan comes back to the same place with her current husband, the photographer Adam Fedderly.
During these two sessions, 742 photographs are taken by Leigh Ledare and Adam Fedderly and trace the course of the days, reflecting the couple’s intimacy from each husband’s perspective. This process gives rise to two series of black and white silver-based photographs with Meghan as sole model. The two subjective archives resulting from the photo shoots provide the basis of this project and evoke a ontological and phenomenological comparison of the subject, seen through the circumstances of the two relationships: on one hand, the potential of the newlyweds’ partnership; on the other a relationship doomed to impossibility.
Vol 1 of 3, Husbands: 21.6 x 27.9 cm - 96 pages
Vol 2 of 3, Diptychs: 30 x 38.3 cm - 116 pages
Vol 3 of 3, Ephemeras, consisting of 6 revues : 30.9 x 41.3 cm each - 80 pages each
Limited edition of 85 sets of 3 volumes and 15 artist’s proofs
Certificate signed and numbered by the artist
Produced and published in 2012 by mfc-michèle didier
Price: € 2.950
Volume 1: Husbands presents all the photographs of Meghan Ledare-Fedderly shot by Leigh Ledare and Adam Fedderly. Both series face each other, with each page mirrored in each spread.
Volume 2: Diptychs consists of assembled collages and is also based on the duality between the husbands. It goes back to the original principle of the projects presentation: a white background for Adam Fedderly and a black one for Leigh Ledare. Ten original photographs of Meghan, inserted between the pages, complete the volume.
Volume 3: Ephemeras proposes a third series of images in six magazines, each consisting of 80 pages. They visually reconstitute a series of ephemeras accumulated on a pile, essen- tial clues to understand the artist’s work. The 480 ephemeras represent only partially the iconography the artist has collected over time. Gathered from magazines and other printed sources, these additional images play an analytical role and create sense from a shared body of representation.
The exhibition Double Bind will open on Thursday September 13 2012, from 6 pm to 9 pm in presence of the artist at mfc-michèle didier gallery, Paris. The exhibition will take place from September 13 to November 10, 2012.
This limited Leigh Ledare book edition is now available at mfc-michèle didier here