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A Sudden Drop

Price
$40.00
Date
2015
Publisher
Sveinn Fannar Jóhannsson
Format
Artists' Books
Size
21 × 29 cm
Length
192 pages
Genre
Photography
Description

With an essay by Stian Gabrielsen.

Oslo, Norway: Multinational Enterprises, 2015.
Softcover, glue bound, 743 photographic illustrations.

Unsigned and unnumbered.
Print run of 500.

A Sudden Drop features photographs of clothing found on streets in a central part of Oslo. The book is part of a larger body of work that includes cartographical material, sculptures and installations. The theme of these works – consumer consumption and decay in a specific geographical area – takes on a somewhat abstract and scientific tone. Jóhannsson’s photographic method follows up ideas he has explored in earlier publications: instrumentality is juxtaposed with temporality yet also infused with consumer aesthetics and technical misunderstandings.

In an essay in the book, the artist and writer Stian Gabrielsen discusses aspects related to shame, intentionality and redundancy:

Sveinn had picked up discarded clothing en route to his studio for about a year. He had been surprisingly ardent about it, considering the many factors that made it cumbersome: the shame of picking what other people considered rubbish up off the street, which I imagined must have instilled a feeling like the one you’d get from foraging public garbage cans for bottles; the sensation of touching the muck-crusted exteriors of said garments; the unavoidable accumulation of filthy clothes on his studio floor—there as a constant reminder—menacing him with the question of why in God’s name he was filling his studio with this refuse. (excerpt from ‘Limb Shave’ by Stian Gabrielsen)

The booklet Eight and a Half Days, which documents what happens to the articles of clothing pictured in A Sudden Drop, is in some respects like a redundant insert; it can also be understood as a completing coda to the photographic book or as an independent work. The found material is archived and rendered unusable by means of a mechanical crusher. It is then returned to the location where it was originally found – now in a ‘zipped’ or compacted version of past and present. The four heavy, cubic sculptures are observed carefully from day to day, exposed to public view and the exigencies of urban life.

  1. A Sudden Drop
 

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