Vaporous Evening Dresses

Seth Weiner

2017 —


An ongoing artistic research project in the form of an online occupation, a written essay and a series of artist books, Vaporous Evening Dresses draws on the transformations the Viennese publishing and fashion house Atelier Bachwitz has undergone since 1908—confiscation, restitution, restoration and reinstitution—translating backgrounds from illustrations found in their Chic Parisien catalogs into spatial models made from paper. Displaced from the page, each spatial proposition is made to be broken apart, turned around ad infinitum, awaiting its ultimate return to the page or sibling screen. This process was initially thought of as a form of cultivating weeds; images endlessly growing from a single source, drawn and quartered into data, reactivating a portion of history within the present.