elementary calculus featured in the april/may issue of hotshoe international magazine.
"is calculus the loneliest branch of math? Functions describe an endless movement towards a limit but never an arrival..."
-- an intelligent and thoughtful review of elementary calculus in the newest issue of fraction magazine (#49) by leo hsu.
pleased to announce that elementary calculus will be included in the ICP triennial exhibition, a different kind of order, as a part of the photobook installation. the exhibition runs from may 17 - september 8, 2013.
from the ICP: every three years, ICP's curators round up some of the most interesting contemporary photography and video works from around the world. the 2013 triennial, A Different Kind of Order, focuses on artworks created in our current moment of widespread economic, social, and political instability.
the ICP triennial is curated by Kristen Lubben, Christopher Phillips, Carol Squiers, and Joanna Lehan.
work from elementary calculus will be on exhibit as a part of the four person show, un-drawn, at the philadelphia photo arts center, march 14th – may 17th, 2013. the opening is on thursday march 14th, from 6 – 9.
from the PPAC website: Un-drawn, a group exhibition presenting the work of J Carrier, Richard Mosse, Xaviera Simmons and David Taylor. Un-drawn offers 4 distinct perspectives on displacement and immigration from multiple locations across the globe. Collectively, they address how invisible or contested borders are revealed through images of the landscape, it’s inhabitants and the spaces or monuments in between the two. The images in this exhibition depict exile and migration, conflict and defeat, permeated by the desire to reveal a new understanding of place.
elementary calculus, with 14 mentions, was the second highest ranked book on the 2012 meta list -- 'the list of lists', compiled by QT luong, which tallies all the best of the year listings for each book.
i am very thankful to all who listed the book as a favorite and to all my friends, family and colleagues who have supported me, and this project, along the way.
it really was an incredible year for photo-books and there are a lot of great artists on the list.
2012 was quite an amazing year –– many thanks to all the folks who helped along the way, making it such a success, and to all those who listed elementary calculus as one of the best books of the year...
/// alec soth
/// TIME lightbox
/// shane lavalette
/// adam bell
/// claxton projects
/// feature shoot
/// telerama (pdf)
best wishes to all in the coming year!!!
if you're in paris, i'll be signing books at the MACK booth on friday, november 16 at 7pm -- be sure to come out!
"But by pleading for what is crucial to the lives of individuals against what is expedient for the powers that be, J. Carrier has dared us to look beyond the seductions of borders, of history, of walls and to imagine what it might mean to pledge allegiance to each other." –– from elementary calculus by vince leo read the entire essay on little brown mushroom
"If the signal figure of contemporary economic life is the illegal immigrant, the symbolic figure of contemporary political life must be the border: that intangible construct which materialises in order to separate those with rights from those without.
J’s wonderful first book, Elementary Calculus, is swarming with borders: they contain that which is at once beautiful and distant, harbour symbols of peace, absorb within them the etched hopes of the nameless, prop up those with little support and less freedom, demarcate territory, decry the indifference of chance, police access, are incessantly traversed by animals indifferent to their symbolism, provide respite, serve as message boards, clarify a ritualised separation, offer hope, labour, contrast and poetic metaphor.
The story of the plight of the subjects of this book could be read in an inventory of the walls that it depicts."