Van Zoetendaal Publishers

Das Prinzip / Johannes Schwartz

‘The first publication from Schwartz, it presents one image each from several of his series. As a selection, I am drawn to his individual photographs but the larger relationship implied by the title is purposely confusing. The curator Moritz Kung mentions in his essay that accompanies the book, ‘Das Prinzip (The Principle)‘ suggests a truth or a dogma, which is however not present in the various works. Unless of course one were to define ‘deceptiveness’ as a principle.’ Schwartz turns his lens to still lifes which may be constructions in some cases, and others ‘found’ encounters with objects in others. I am reminded of some of Jeff Wall’s non-personed compositions but Schwartz draws out their narrative and potential complexity through the titles of each work. Overgrown weeds and dirt might be alluding to floral patterns found in carpets in his work Scattered Rug (2005). His photos of children’s playhouses lose their innocent qualities and take on a darker edge from their rough and makeshift appearances. In Das Meer (The Lake, 2004) pieces of a jigsaw puzzle are scattered on an aqua surface, within the chaos several rectangles of completed sections sit turned upside down. What each adds up to or connects them is ambiguous and that is obviously Schwartz’s strategy. On the surface this might appear to be a simple exhibition catalog with its cool and somewhat detached presentation but turning from page to page, we strive to search out those connections. What we are left with are a series of detached realities which accomplish what many books don’t – Das Prinzip compels me to think.’

(text by Jeffrey Ladd)

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  • Year 2007
  • Size 20x30
  • Colour Full Colour
  • Binding Hardback
  • Pages 60
  • Text Mortiz Kung
  • Concept Johannes Schwartz/Willem van Zoetendaal
  • Design Willem van Zoetendaal
  • ISBN 978-90-802132-6-5
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