The “Assembly” series connects to the title in several ways, the series represents reconfigured and recollected works from different thematically similar series that we have done in the past two years and that are a part of an on going quest to radically reinterpret our immediate surroundings. Also the content of the images themselves relate to the word “Assembly”. A common trait of our visual language is the meeting of contrasting elements, a clash between objects realms where seemingly non-related items construct new realities, new meaning and complex narratives. The highly constructed scenarios and still lives allude to a metaphysical relationship to the objects we surround ourselves with in everyday life. Bringing forward the previously unseen in order to raise questions about perception, value and recognizability. The juxtaposition of images from different series is intended to create a visual dialogue where subtle differences aim to construct a complete visual universe.
About the artist
Established in 2011 by Stefan Friedli (CH) and Ulrik Martin Larsen (DK), PUTPUT is an interdisciplinary artist collective perched at the intersection where contemporary photography, sculpture and design meet. Seeking to occupy the space between input and output PUTPUT explores the duality of objects and situations associated with everyday life, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary and attempting to capture the previously unseen. Perception and recognizability are challenged through distinctly staged scenarios and tableaus that underline a metaphysical relationship to the material world, thus creating a new transcendent logic where images become the manifestation of ideas. The highly stylized visual universe has clear references to Pop Art, surrealism and reinterprets classical genres such as still life through a contemporary lens. With a focus on causing a visual double take, subtle connections are build between idea, meaning, expression and artifact. PUTPUT reconfigures, re-invents and questions the purpose, context and expression of objects and situations by engaging in a visual dialogue and interrogation with the subject. An artistic practice based on collecting and meticulous research constitutes an archeology of the present pointing towards a fictional cabinet of curiosities for the future.