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Muscle, beefsteak…beefsteak run amok.

Photographs by Mariken Kramer.
Multipress, 2020. 64 pp., 9x12½".

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Publisher's Description

The artist’s book Muscle, beefsteak...beefsteak run amok is a playful investigation of sculptural form, materiality, and representation. The starting point for the project is Kramer’s experience as an educator at the National Museum in Oslo, where she facilitates the interpretation of,  among other things, sculpture by children and young people. In her book, we find staged photographs of bodies, faces and objects with different materiality placed in constellations with images and details of classical sculptures and motives from the past. Materials of different valeur are juxtaposed, defying a linear traditional and hierarchical approach to art and history.

Mariken Kramer lives and works in Oslo. Through her work, she explores the field between documentation, staging and storytelling. These can be themes related to time, memory and identity or different patterns and mechanisms in interpersonal relations. Even though Kramer’s art is not limited to one specific media or technique, the camera-based has always had a central role in her work as a tool for ordering, sorting and building different narratives.

Muscle, beefsteak…beefsteak run amok is Kramer’s second artist’s book. Her first book The Eyes That Fix You in a Formulated Phrase was shortlisted in 2018 for the prestigious Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards in the category First PhotoBook. Kramer graduated from Kunstakademiet in Trondheim

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