Silja Leifsdottir It's Easier To Let Go If You Forget About Gravity
Oslo, Norway: Feil Forlag. 2008
Synopsis: From the artist:
"We all manoeuvre ourselves through life with the help of rational and emotional decisions, trying to find a meaning. But sometimes what you find is not what you were looking for. What do you then choose; the knowledge and the burden that comes with it, or the more blissful ignorance. Or is there a perfect balance of the two?
According to 20th century folklore, the laws of aerodynamics prove that the bumblebee should be incapable of flight, as it does not have the capacity in terms of wing size or beat per second to fly. Not being aware of scientists 'proving' it cannot fly, the bumblebee succeeds under ‘the power of its own ignorance’.
It is the absurd beauty in the attempt to control destiny that I find fascinating.
Gravity is a force of nature that is just as inevitable as death.
It is also responsible for keeping the earth and all the other planets in the orbits around the sun. Without it, life as we know it, would not exist.
In spite of this knowledge, mankind have been attempting to conquer this force for centuries, dreaming about weightlessness and the ability to fly. And in a sense we can.
Science might be the pursuit of knowledge, but sometimes it's easier to let go if you forget about gravity."
This publication was released in conjunction with her degree show in 2008 and includes full-color photographs of antigravity attempts, from giant paper airplanes to tiny kites, Batman masks and balancing flamingoes.
Pages: 14 p.
Dimensions (Height x Width x Depth): 14 x 21.5 cm.
Binding: staple bound
Signed: Unsigned and Unnumbered
Price Info: $10.00
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Inventory #: C/92380