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BOOKS THROWN WITH GREAT FORCE

Solo show at Westminster Reference Library, March 2013

A 2012 photograph of a Greek Communist MP throwing a book across the room during parliament was the starting point for this project, and the poster for the show. The book contained details of the country's austerity bill; as he hurled the book, thousands of protestors confronted riot police outside the building.

This image of disorder is transported to a library in this site-specific exhibition - a place where all books are in their proper place and the concept of disorder is defined in wholly different terms. The image formed a template for a new series of photographs, exploring the act of book throwing within the context of the art and design books housed in the library, and considering the weightlessness and sense of transportation central to the activity of reading. The specific selection of books creates a loose context for the work, encompassing surrealism, absurdism and nothingness; each photograph functions as a kind of split-second summary of the book, in which all of its words, ideas and histories are condensed into a single image.

The original copies of the books that were thrown were included in the exhibition, more or less in tact, providing additional reading material for the exhibition

 

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Great American Short Stories, thrown with great force
Gliclée print, 41cm x 58cm, edition of five

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The Unabridged Pocketbook of Lightning by Jonathan Safran Foer, thrown with great force
Gliclée print, 50cm x 75cm, edition of five

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Popism by Andy Warhol, thrown with great force
Gliclée print, 57cm x 74cm, edition of five

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Endgame by Samuel Beckett, thrown with great force
Gliclée print, 41cm x 58cm, edition of five

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Art in Theory, edited by Charles Harrison and Paul Wood, thrown with great force
Gliclée print, 28cm x 39cm, edition of five

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The Stranger by Albert Camus, thrown with great force
Gliclée print, 50cm x 75cm, edition of five

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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, thrown with great force
Gliclée print, 56.5cm x 78cm, edition of five

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Magritte by Suzi Gablik, thrown with great force
Gliclée print, 28cm x 39cm, edition of five

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Amerika by Kafka, thrown with great force
Gliclée print, 59cm x 79cm, edition of five

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The Faber Book of Pop, edited by Hanif Kureishi and Jon Savage, thrown with great force
Gliclée print, 58cm x 106cm, edition of five

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Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea, by Charles Seife, thrown with great force
Gliclée print, 30cm x 40cm, edition of five

 

 
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