15 Dec 2010 to 05 Feb 2011

On 15 December 2010, Elena Ochoa Foster presented the artist book Detritus, explaining how it was produced over the more than three years it took to complete the project. Each volume is presented in the form of a facsimile of an old leather suitcase from the studio of Francis Bacon at his home in Reece Mews. Each copy includes 76 facsimiles of elements found at the artist’s studio and which are currently held at Ireland’s Dublin City Gallery. They include photographs, pages from magazines, drawings, tools, letters and notes by Francis Bacon. Each element was created individually by hand using special techniques to turn each one into a new original.

Detritus was published in association with The Estate of Francis Bacon and the Dublin City Gallery (The Hugh Lane Gallery), Ireland in 2006. The book’s concept was created by Brian Clarke and Elena Ochoa Foster. The publication was directed by Elena Ochoa Foster. Each copy is numbered and includes a certificate of authenticity signed by The Chairman of the Estate of Francis Bacon.

Images: © Sebastian Marjanov. Courtesy Ivorypress