A HOUSE OF CLAY by Erik Gustafsson

スウェーデン人フォトグラファー、エリック・グスタフソン(Erik Gustafsson)の作品集。




意識と偶然のバランスを保ちながら作者が手がけた魔法のようなリアリズムの瞬間は、未完成であり続けるイメージが、後に改変、加工、そして上書きできるような永続的であり恒久的な現実を物語っている。本書では、印刷後のページという完成された形でさえも揺るがされている。イメージは逆さになったり、ページ上で回転したり、視覚的な分離性と(非)関連性をもってシークエンスが積み重なることで読者を陶然とさせるが、後にまた溶けて折り重ねられてしまう。そして、プリントが再び薬品に浸されることによって、「粘土の家(The House of Clay)」は再形成されるのである。

The birdsong of everyday life interacts with cycles of darkroom creation and destruction in Gustafsson's expressive monograph.

In A House of Clay, Gustafsson places his conceptual and contextual photographic process in dialogue with a simple premise, a truism of photography: to elevate the everyday, to find meaning and take seriously the smallest of occurrences in ordinary life, and to invoke a sense of gratitude and wonder toward consciousness, sensing and feeling. Sometimes excessively normal, elsewhere tender and intimate, later dense and complex, Gustafsson's warm slices of life are digested in the darkroom, where the technical processes of photography fall in on themselves, becoming embedded in the image: cycles of photographing, printing, failing, dodging rules, repeating and scanning.

Balancing consciousness and coincidence, Gustafsson's moments of magical realism speak of a permanence, a perpetual present, where the continually unfinished image can always be, at a later stage, altered, manipulated — and rewritten. In A House of Clay, even the finality of the printed page is punctured; images flip and rotate across the page, sequences accumulate and stack up heady with visual (dis)association, only to dissolve and fold, the print submerged again in the chemicals, the house of clay reshaped again.

by Erik Gustafsson

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152 pages
208 x 288 mm
color, black and white

published by LOOSE JOINTS