PHOTOBOOK OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST: The Arrangement
Photographer: Ruth van Beek
Publisher: RVB Books, Paris, 2013
Designed by Xavier Fernández Fuentes
Lesley Martin describes "The Arrangement" as “a simple, clean book—a deceptively restrained, slight package for a disorienting and seductive body of work.” The publication presents a series of the artist’s collages and images created from the pages of vintage botanical textbooks and gardening guides. In PBR 005, artist and reviewer Penelope Umbrico writes that these images “become defiantly unbalanced hybrid objects that undergo extraordinary metamorphosis from one page to the next.” There is a carefully controlled surrealism to the work; each element and image has been selected and placed with the thoughtfulness of an ikebana master. The book itself is suitably minimalist, the perfect, sunshine-yellow vehicle for a bouquet of Ruth van Beek images.