Detritus: Print Edition and Magazine Launch at Claire de Rouen Books

Claire de Rouen Books is pleased to announce the launch of the shop’s first edition of prints.

The artist and Photofusion Member David O’Mara was invited to produce the series to be sold exclusively in the shop.

To coincide with the release of the edition, David will also be launching the fourth issue of the self-published magazine detritus from which the images are derived.

About the edition:

Hand printed photogram on Hahnemühle fine art fibre paper (40cm x 20cm), signed and numbered on the reverse in an edition of 20. These prints are for sale at £40 each (incl. vat) exclusively from Claire de Rouen Books. Each print also comes with a copy of detritus A4.

About Detritus:

Detritus issue A4 is self-published as an edition of 100 signed and numbered copies, which will be for sale on the night and from the detritus webshop.

Artist’s statement

A4-sized documents create a map of our lives that expand in all directions, not just our geophysical presence but our socio-economic footprints, our corporeal frailties and interpersonal relationships. It heralds both our very beginning and our exit with bureaucratic efficiency. We become both author and subject of paperwork that circulates between the institutions of our public and private selves.

From the real to the imagined, everything crosses the proportions of A4. This is even truer of the pages I have found on the street. A ubiquitous feature of our urban environment, they lie stained, ripped and embossed by traffic. Rejected or misplaced, these documents litter the streets with unwanted and unneeded information, oblique fragments of life waiting to be pulped into the ground.

I was reminded of an essay by Baudrillard in which he recounts a tale from J L Borges of a cartographer who attempts to create a map of an empire of such verisimilitude that it covers the territory with a document on a scale of 1:1. Central to the image is the concept of the real and its simulation, the confusion of the original for its copy. After the decline of the empire the map frays and disintegrates into the soil, creating a circularity of the real and the represented.

Claire de Rouen Books, First Floor, 125 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EW.

Thursday 20 June 2013, 7.00-9.00pm

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