Gr@y Matter – Language of Shadows ,
2009, limited edition book, signed and numbered, 1215 pages, 29 cm x 20 cm x 8 cm, hard cover. It consists of about 300 analog black and white photographs of shadows, some manipulated in the dark room, paired with emotions and placed into a periodic table of shadow emotions, this displaying the universal language of shadows. Throughout the book the associations and thoughts on shadows by 50 different individuals of different nationalities, professions, gender, age and culture from all over the world are included in their original languages, all responding to the artist's specific call.
This book of the artist deals with the communication ability of shadows which I translated into the language of emotions. Likewise we are all endowed with shadows, whether we want them or not, we are all endowed with emotions as well, whether acknowledging this or not. Both, emotions and shadows are equal to all, nevertheless of the cultural, social, linguistic, or any other differences. Parallel to our material existence, presented through chemical elements and molecules, emotions determine our immaterial existence. Shadows, when looked at, usually produce an association, connected to emotions. This is why I used emotions as the medium of the language of shadows. To codify it I borrowed the periodic table from the natural sciences, where I replaced chemical elements with emotions visually displayed by photographs of shadows. These present the DNA of our emotional existence. The later is not determined only by the so called primal emotions, displayed in the periodic table, but also by the so called advanced emotions or emotional attitudes. These are the result of incubating emotions and they reach from apathy over anxiety to intolerance on one side to idealism on the other side.
Shadows&Puppets, the language of E@motion RE-acting
Book of the artist, 2010, 29 cm x 22 cm x 13 cm, 8 kg, 700+pages, two pockets with texts, 161 black and white analogue photographs, 187 color photographs, 161 color and black and white superimposed photographs – visual aphorisms, pH scale of E@motion reacting, leporello of images daring to re-pick the apple, little girl golden yellow trail story, young boy email story, both echoed in a video Circling.
The purpose of this book of the artist is to explore the language of emotions through the endeavor to visualize feelings on feeling – the feeling about feeling emotions rather than merely the visualization of emotions themselves. Emotions nowadays are often replaced by easily attainable clichés, instantly expressed visually with color photographs. Looking into what emotions are, I am most interested in all the possible ways of conveying them through photography. To explore them in this particular book I have constructed emotional landscapes – color staged photographs developed through a performance-like ritual aiming at overcoming the overall present clichés and reaching to emotions buried underneath. By accentuating them and at the same time counteracting them with echoes of clichés in the form of b&w photos of shadows, my aim was to create visual aphorisms – to overturn the cliché and with a b&w shadow functioning as a catalyst induce, or re-induce in viewers a real emotion.
The book is a hybrid by its content as well as its form. It is a hybrid of a literary story, switching between a fairytale and a contemporary email dairy. The text itself is a hybrid between image and sentences, laid out on paper of different colors and textures in ways where sentences form visual images. With the interplay of images printed on different materials (paper and transparent folia) and in different saturation, from color to black and white, and to black and white superimposed on color; at the same time depicting figures in their material forms of bodies as well as in their immaterial forms as shadows, the book enables viewers new perspectives on the text and on the perceiving of the story. The mutual working of different textures, gradations and forms of the visual hopefully enables the viewer to see through cliché represented by color saturated images into real emotion hidden within it. By applying series of shadow images from my book Gr@y matter – the language of shadows at the color images (the character of my color staged photographs is a puppet, unaware of its shadow – the real emotion which pulls the strings of the character making it a puppet) shadows act as catalysts enabling reactions between the image and the viewer to occur. At the point of fusion, narratives overlap, a new dimension arises, relieving the state where the shadow acquires characteristics of the body, appearing fleshier, and the body acquires characteristics of the shadow, appearing more ephemeral