SWEAT by Alex Farrar
Published with financial support from Stichting Stokroos and Hinderrust Fonds.
183 x 275mm, 206 pages, Risograph printed interior, black and white printed foldouts and gatefold cover, Cold glue bound, Hand numbered, Ed. of 150, 2020.
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?’
From the foreword: ‘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.’