Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Christien Meindertsma provides the next link in the Francis Bacon-Billy William III chain with her new book Pig 05049.
The book is a typological examination of the relationship between a raw material, Pig 05049, and the manufactures said pig goes into - a little reminder of where things come from.
Meindertsma's work seems as earnest as can be but at the same time I do think she is having a bit of fun with it/herself and us. Her previous book, Checked Baggage was excellent. For this, she bought a crate full of sharp implements seized post-911 at Schiphol Security, photographed them and then gave them away with the copies of the book. Gimmicky but fabulous-gimmicky, and fun in a Dutch kind of way.
And she's a designer not a photographer.
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