book? or work? art book? artwork? we think that we as artists have the power to transgress the esthetic boundaries we are put in front of and therefore something that looks like a book naturally can also be an artwork. here is paper with ink, is it graphics? here are words, is the text con-text-ual ? during some years we have bathed in ambivalence and sometimes confusion. is it a kind of expressionism, were we as artists warp the reality colored by our inner imagination in an emotional language and expression? the questions accumulate and a state of unsecured existence have resulted in this 1009 g heavy (depending on the humidity in the room) in black, white and grey.
Some projects have moved between geographic poles in the North and the South, city and countryside, false dichotomies like body and soul. it started with an investigation of the economically/politically structurally displaced effects of the current rapid urbanization. Here, on paper words and image have landed in a kind of micro perspective, that includes us, some people, small gravel (grus), in different parts of the world with sometimes separate perspectives, tasks and economies. to translate all texts to 3 languages was urgent already from the start. we want to make connections. we want to talk with each other. we present a whalebone. what is this?
grus is a very small publishing house. the word grus is Swedish (in English gravel) and is connected to words such as drainage, road base, filling. Latin for crane is grus grus. but also means friction. small grains of sand can cause a great machine to stop. we think that printed art can have all these inherent powers. easy as the spiral escape of cranes through air layers and permeable as drainage and bearing as foundation. sculpture and space, scent and feeling. resistance and friction. we are two pebbles on the earth; grus grus/gravel gravel.
“The crane is present in a variety of heraldic contexts as a symbol of vigilance. the crane often depicted, holding a stone in the clone which is derived from the mythological perception that the cranes always put an individual on the watch that had to hold a stone. If the crane fell asleep, the stone dropped and would thereby awake itself. ” Wiki