TECTONIC by Johan Rosenmunthe

コペンハーゲンを拠点に活動するデンマーク人アーティスト、ヨハン・ローゼンマンス(Johan Rosenmunthe)の作品集。本書は、パワーストーンやシンボリズム(賢者の石など)、ヒーリングパワー(クリスタルヒーリング)、重量、表面といった石にまつわる様々な視点を元に考察した作品は収録されている。1850年の発表後すぐに禁書扱いとなったイギリス人錬金術研究家のMary Anne Atwood唯一の著書「A Suggestive Inquiry into the Hermetic Mysteryのテキストが随所に引用されている。

Stones transcend human life and experience. They live on different time scales to humans, exist on other planets and fall from the sky to Earth. Both art and philosophy have looked upon the stone before (think Sartre’s nausea at pebbles on the beach) because they are compelling objects of alchemical weight. Tectonic is a mysterious and mesmerising exploration of Rosenmunthe’s own fascination with the power of stones, their symbolism, perceived healing powers, atavic beauty, weight, surface, age. The book is the culmination of a lifetimes investigation – each photograph a new study, looked at with geological perspective, nostalgia or scientific standpoint. Accompanied by a section of Mary Anne Atwood’s text ‘A Suggestive Inquiry into the Hermetic Mystery’, reprinted after originally being withdrawn as a dangerous literature of magic, the book harnesses that same alchemical power. Bound in an iridescent material that embodies the very essence of shimmering lapis lazuli, Tectonic honours the golden ration of composition design, and the viewer is locked into triangles that allow the object an alluring ambiguity in its own right. These are inquisitive works, but they are not questions, because no answers can be found.

by Johan Rosenmunthe


128 pages
165 x 235 mm
limited edition of 1,000 copies

published by SPBH EDITIONS