• art print .bottoms ash .christien meindertsma

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material: aper 140 gr cyclus offset

6 designs, numbered and signed edition of 100

99 x 69 cm

christien meindertsma commissioned photographer Mathijs Labadie to capture every step of the process of the book ‘bottom ash observatory’ in minute detail. As his telescope-style lens zooms in on the bottom ash, the chunks of material assume the appearance of comets and meteorites. The buckets containing the sieved bottom ash take on the guise of planets, while even the cylinders of the valuable materials are planetarium-like in their mystique and grandeur. The precision with which Meindertsma and Labadie record the dissection of the bottom ash harkens back to the eighteenth-century travel narratives depicting newly discovered raw materials with scientific accuracy – complete with tip-ins and fold-out illustration. In 2015, of course, we no longer need to set out on a journey for new materials – our challenge today is to find new uses for local resources. This book demonstrates the infinite versatility of the resource that is bottom ash.