FOR A FISH TANK OR A PARKING LOT
This fascinatingly strange artist’s book with a black-and-silver cover presents thousands of pebbles in a very systematic arrangement. Each of the nearly five hundred pages contains nine black-and-white photos of individual stones in a strictly regular pattern. The complete lack of information leads to a sense of disorientation; yet the differences between the individual stones are observable. The book as object is pushed to the edge of absurdity, but it proves entirely suited to presenting this kind of material and can indeed legitimately be seen as an artwork in its own right. The matter-of-fact title is a reference to the everyday uses of pebbles and contrasts with the high status accorded to the stones in the individual images. Freely movable sheets with colour renderings of buildings and landscapes interrupt the sequence of pages with stone pictures and change their meaning through overlaying. A short text section in the middle contains an essay (in silver type) in German and English as well as the colophon (in black type). The elegant typography contributes to the publication’s strong design approach, with readability appearing as a rather secondary aim.