SOUTH SOUND | Tarrah Krajnak

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SOUTH SOUND | Tarrah Krajnak

25.00

114 pages, 50 color photographs
6 x 8 in.
Perfect bound softcover

Essay by Alexander Keefe

Designed & published by Ampersand
Printed & bound in Portland, Oregon at Brown Printing
Edition of 100

The series South Sound was made this past winter (2013) while I was living & working out of a small family cabin built in 1954 on Puget Sound. The cabin is full of family belongings including: piles of old books, records, paintings, drawings, boxes of old photographs, journals, dream diaries & an impressive collection of strange and meaningful objects, including old masks, broken instruments, stones, feathers, primitive figurines, clay bowls & fetishes. One night I happened to pick up a copy of Mysterium Coniunctionis (Jung's last major work before he died), & then I immediately remembered a strange photograph I found in a shoe box under the bed which featured a priest next to an African woman in a green dress. My initial instinct was to juxtapose the photo & the book to see what would happen. From this initial act, South Sound was born. I think of this first image as the key to understanding the rest of the series as it features Jung's book Mysterium Coniunctionis, which is an inquiry into the separation & alchemical synthesis of psychic opposites. The juxtapositions in the final images are meant to be suggestive rather than expository, relying on the formal & material qualities of the objects within them, as well as their mysterious textual & photographic contents, in order to elicit responses in the viewer that range from synthetic story-making to mute, impassable aporia.

Alexander Keefe, whose grandfather built the cabin, writes in his essay, "Some of the photographs in this book are of close relatives – my mother and her siblings, my grandparents – many others are of strangers, and Tarrah's knowledge of the people & places in them is even more limited than my own. And yet I am still surprised by how deeply some of the conjunctions she put together resonate, how painfully too. But the idea was never to narrate the story of my family using photographs and books – it was more about the way we felt at the cabin, about what Tarrah was able to do with the materials she had at hand, the results of an alchemical experiment she ran in my grandfather's strange laboratory. Without much context they manage the limited universality of a speculative riddle; burdened with biblio-biographical detail they forfeit the powerful simplicity of their premise: a photo on a book on a table."

15 signed & numbered deluxe copies include one of 15 signed 11 x 14 inch photographs by the artist.

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