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Sweat

Alex Farrar

£22.00

Sweat is a book of studies of the forms that sweat makes on clothing, with a focus on the torso. They originated as preparatory drawings for sweat paintings, which I have been making since 2017. They are a step between collecting images of sweat and making the paintings, with their... ​​Read More

Sweat is a book of studies of the forms that sweat makes on clothing, with a focus on the torso. They originated as preparatory drawings for sweat paintings, which I have been making since 2017. They are a step between collecting images of sweat and making the paintings, with their job being to abstract sweat from its context, ahead of displacing it into the space of a painting. Sweat was conceived to expand on this process, share the original sources and linger on the subject, though what that was exactly remained difficult to define– a theme explored in the text by George Vasey which begins on the back cover and continues after the final foldout page.

Sweat brings together images of sweat forms taken by Alex Farrar and collated from Instagram, celebrity websites and photo libraries. Stock and staged imagery are displayed alongside paparazzi shots and documentary images. The suggestion of a figure builds accumulatively as we flick through the pages, our eyes grow accustomed to seeing a body that is never fully explicated. Why sweat?

Published by 7.45 Books
Design by Alex Farrar & Studio Hendriksen
Text by George Vasey
18.3 x 27.5 cm
Softcover
206 pages
1st Edition, 150 copies
2020
English
ISBN 978-9-4917831-3-5