One for the Books: Libraries

Combining photography, drawing, art and design, for this conceptual look at libraries

With its conceptually populist-oriented slant, photographer and artist Danae Falliers thinks of her work as ‘post-photography’, or ‘photographic drawing.’ In her latest series, Libraries, she uses a process developed over time in the studio- a hybrid technique that combines her experience in the darkroom, with her earlier background in drawing and painting.

‘This project is another branch of my style. My landscape work tends to refer to infinite, moving / still space – whereas the “library” works look more at flat / deep space and abstractions within cognitively familiar grids.’

Inspired by artists such as Gerhard Richter , Ed Ruscha and Brigitte Riley, her interest is in creating something unique, with the combination of these two forms. Currently, she is working on some hyper-detailed and condensed work using elements from the landscape.

‘The idea is that there is richness and wonder in looking deeply, or contemplating details that have become invisible in the deluge of images that we grapple with daily,’ she told us.

Not wanting to judge these books by their covers, we asked Danae more about them:

The Plus: Is there a story or idea you are trying to communicate with this series?
Danae Falliers:
Beyond the formal aspects, I think it’s interesting that there is no text in the images. To me, that suggests that every volume or collection is any story- or every story. Meaning is what we as individuals may bring to art.

TP: With so many different colour compositions, how much thought and preparation goes into the arrangement of the books?
It’s very intuitive. I start with an assembly of photographs and think about colour, space, relationships of form, and the line between realism and abstraction. I arrange the work in a way that is pleasing and interesting to me.

TP: Where did the inspiration for this series come from?
DF: I did some shooting in the Seattle Central Library (designed by Rem Koolhaas) when I was there for an opening of my work. I began to see patterns and spatial abstractions in the photographs that were interesting to me. And conceptually I was interested in the disappearing text on the spines that happened photographically due to low light.

Danae Falliers’ solo exhibition library will run November 29, 2014 – January 17. 2015 at Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.