Units by Seth Lower. First edition (2019). First impression. Medium format hardback in new condition. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
contains photographs taken from 1994–2017. The images depict a variety of everyday materials and situations, many seen in sets, parts, or multiples. Within such scenes, Lower seeks out a kind of integrity (or lack thereof): standards of measurement, materiality, vague questions about the boundaries of entities and experience. A sign swallowed by tree bark, a small collection of funnels, a stove for sale in the sunshine. Where does one unit end and the other begin? It is certainly possible to be part of the whole and at the same time separate, existing with a foot in both worlds, but does this say anything about the units themselves, or only the way we define them?
An abstract from a LensCulture review of the book
Seth Lower notices odd arrangements of random things out in the world. Over the years, he’s made photographs of these strange things that catch his eye, and he’s selected about 80 images for his new book, Units, published by MACK in 2019.
It’s a slender volume, with spare design, lots of white space, and snapshot-size images. It’s like looking through someone’s private stash of oddball pictures collected over the years. The book feels “quiet” at first glance, but then its complex harmonies swell up, revealing unexpected visual music.
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