Magne Lyngvær about his recent publication from the new publisher HEAVY Books.
Could you tell us about your book Monolithic? How the idea came about, how you find the final product compared to your original idea?
The images in the book are made in my hometown, Frøya. A small and windy island that bear a certain mood I use in all my work. It’s a cold, dark and lonely place, but at the same time very beautiful.
The photographs may seem like snapshots at first, but are in fact planned and constructed. I'm interested in the concept of the "uncanny" and try to challenge the viewer with a constant argument of what can be perceived and what can be understood.
My final project at Oslo Fotokunstskole (Oslo School of Photography) resulted in the dummy for Monolithic. In collaboration with Christian Tunge from HEAVY books I have re-edited the content and made some new images, but the final result is very close to the original idea and design.
What does the photobook mean to you, for showing your work?
My encounter with art has mostly been through books. To make a book of my own has been a great experience and the flexible, small and affordable format hopefully helps my work reach more people. It was very a long and challenging process, but the experience left me with a greater understanding of my own images.
What artists work/books inspire you in your own work?
My biggest inspiration is from a noise-artist named Dominick Ferno, who makes his records in an almost zine-like way, with “Xerox”like art and photography. I also have a strong relation to the film Eraserhead by David Lynch. The mystical landscape and strange atmosphere in the film is reflected on throughout Monolithic.
Are you working on more publications?
I’m working on a landscape project at the time, and a second volume of Monolithic. I’m moving the whole project in an even darker direction.
HEAVY Books is an artist run publishing project and exhibition platform that focus on limited edition books, zines and other printed matter. Their goal is to challenge the form and content of mainstream books and exhibitions.