Shop > Artists' Books


Lynn Valley 8

Derek Sullivan
Bywater Bros. Editions
Artists' Books
11.5 × 17 × 0.3 cm

Edited by Roger Bywater

Designed by Roger Bywater and Derek Sullivan

With the proliferation of personal digital devices in contemporary society one has seen an explosion of imagery flooding the media landscape. In today’s interconnected virtual universe every aspect of human existence is documented to such an extent that the boundary between private and public have become all but indiscernible and subjects that would have seemed unworthy of a simple snapshot in the past (like one’s meal) are mainstream topics on popular photo sites like Instagram and Facebook.

Exploring this new reality, Toronto artist, Derek Sullivan has created a set of 40 different books featuring imagery pulled from the web. What makes this project interesting is not so much the imagery itself, which encompasses the full gambit of just about everything imaginable, but Sullivan’s selection process. Rather than arrange photographs around a particular theme or subject matter Sullivan instead chose to feature images that had an identical IMG-.JPG photo tag number. Anyone who has taken a digital picture will be familiar with this photo numbering system; it’s the default program used on all iPhone and Canon digital devices. Basically every image that flows through these devices is automatically assigned a number starting with IMG-0100.JPG.

Working in a format somewhat akin to the devices themselves Sullivan chose only images from the web bearing the IMG-0100.JPG identifier for his first book, IMG-0101.JPG images for his second book, IMG-0102.JPG for the third, and so on, working his way through the IMG-.JPG numbering chain until he reached IMG-0139.JPG, which his last book in the series.

This uncanny editorial approach transforms the imagery into something akin to pure poetic data. Removed from their normal habitat for dating services, promotional announcements, and the like, Sullivan’s subtle manipulation begins to reveal a larger reality that extends beyond the picture frame. A fascinating study of photography today, Sullivan’s Lynn Valley 8 provides a rare glimpse into the larger societal compulsions that fuel the creation and dissemination of digital imagery over the internet.

  1. Lynn Valley 8

Related Items

  1. Johannes Wohnseifer: Lynn Valley 2: Kleenex Mathematics
  2. Derek Sullivan: garden structures
  3. Derek Sullivan: more young Americans
  4. Derek Sullivan: the desire & pursuit of the whole
  5. Derek Sullivan: A script for a vernissage
  6. Derek Sullivan: booklover, fragments, details
  7. Derek Sullivan: Index of 36 book covers
  8. Derek Sullivan: Galley Covers
  9. Derek Sullivan: Sixteen Books by Artists: Check this shit out
  10. Derek Sullivan: Gift Wrap
  11. Derek Sullivan: Surplus Portfolio
  12. Zhang Dali: A Second History

Lynn Valley 7
  13. Derek Sullivan: Souvenir Vase Bookmark Ornament
  14. Derek Sullivan: Robert Smithson, second edition
  15. Derek Sullivan: Persistent Huts
  16. James Carl, Nestor Kruger, and Derek Sullivan: University of Guelph Artist Press, 2008 Portfolio: James Carl, Nestor Kruger, Derek Sullivan
  17. Bill Burns, Seth Scriver, and Derek Sullivan: AM Gift Box
  18. Derek Sullivan: Law & Order (February 2007 - April 2007)
  19. Zin Taylor: The Crystal Ship
  20. Johannes Wohnseifer: A Secret Show in a Secret Place
  21. Jack Pierson: Tomorrow’s Man 2
  22. Eddie O’Keefe: Young Ideas
  23. Brad Elterman: No Dogs on Beach
  24. Jack Pierson: Tomorrow’s Man 3
  25. Brad Elterman: Villa Le Rêve
  26. Zin Taylor: Void Flowers
  27. Kevin Rodgers: The Free Dependent
  28. Kate Terry: Phtcpy #3
  29. Andrew J Paterson: Not Joy Division
  30. Tim Lee: 162 People
  31. Derek Sullivan: Albatross Omnibus
  32. Gustave Morin: Clean Sails
  33. Colm Lally and Sissu Tarka: PROOF-READING
  34. Millions Magazine: Issue 4