Ivars Gravlejs: Early Works (MACK, 2015)

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Black & White, Contemporary, Photobook
An eccentric scrapbook documenting Ivars Gravlejs schooldays in Latvia during the 1990s.

 

Early Works satirises of the rules and aesthetic principles of the adult world. Eight sections trace the various phases of Gravlejs’s encyclopaedic curiosity, including ‘Conceptual’, ‘Pop art’ and ‘Actions’, parroting the tropes of contemporary art, in emanations of the readymade (a pop art stockpile of soda cans), fake historical reconstructions (toy soldiers in battle) and surreal compositions (the erotic union of eggs and a sausage).” (http://www.mackbooks.co.uk/books/1087-Early-Works-.html)

 

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© 2015 Ivars Gravlejs; © 2015 MACK

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© 2015 Ivars Gravlejs; © 2015 MACK

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© 2015 Ivars Gravlejs; © 2015 MACK

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© 2015 Ivars Gravlejs; © 2015 MACK


 

“The book mixes images of Gravlejs, his friends, and his environment in a paradigm of the personal and the political by means of how the images look. There remains an ephemeral scratch to many of his images due to the home processing and treatment of the celluloid under adverse conditioning.
[…]
I think often of Boris Mikhailov when I look at their patina and try and do Gravlejs a favor by ordering the economic over that of the emulation. The playful nature of the book flirts with all the destinies of teenage anxiety…hints at a first fingering, hints at a hidden pre-occupation with something the parents do not understand.” Brad Feuerhelm (http://www.americansuburbx.com/2015/11/ivars-gravlejs-early-works-a-sustainable-auto-infanticide.html)

 

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© 2015 Ivars Gravlejs; © 2015 MACK

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© 2015 Ivars Gravlejs; © 2015 MACK

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© 2015 Ivars Gravlejs; © 2015 MACK

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© 2015 Ivars Gravlejs; © 2015 MACK

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© 2015 Ivars Gravlejs; © 2015 MACK

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© 2015 Ivars Gravlejs; © 2015 MACK


 
Please note: All images and texts are protected by Copyright and belong to the Artist.
 
Artist: http://www.ivarsgravlejs.com/
 
Publisher: http://www.mackbooks.co.uk/books/1087-Early-Works-.html
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