Lars Arrhenius' "A-Z" launched Peer's premises in Hoxton Street in 2002. This intricate graphic wall piece comprises 18 characters in scenarios that evolve through more than 250 illustrations. The narratives traverse and intersect across the map horizontally, vertically and diagonally in a web-like formation reminiscent of the underground network. From the tragic to the romantic, the absurd to the cynical, these stories encapsulate the complexity of the city in an entirely fresh visual language. The work was then issued as a 96-page, full colour artist's book imitating the format of the classic street guide. An investigative index by the author Geoff Ryman unpicks events and poses questions, from the rhetorical to the unanswerable, of the implied and real narratives of urban life. In contrast, an essay by art historian Andrew Wilson considers this project in the context of the displaced reality of the languages of maps.
Lars Arrhenius (b.1966) is a Swedish artist, living and working in Sweden. By using pictograms, the kind of stereotypical figures and universal symbols used for public information signs, and media, Arrhenius’ serial, graphic installations and animations merge a diagrammatic with a social narrative – to show his special judicious blend of austerity and ironic humour to contrast the world around him.
Our copy is in very good condition, the laminated covers showing almost no signs of wear or use, the ring binding 'as new', and all pages clean and bright. One of a limited edition of 1000 copies, presumed a 1st edition.