lars arrhenius – A-Z
25 September – 3 November 2002
Lars Arrhenius' A-Z launched Peer's premises in Hoxton Street in 2002 with his large scale version of the familiar London A-Z map. This intricate graphic wall piece comprises 18 characters in scenarios that evolve through more than 250 illustrations. The narratives traverse and intersect across the map horizontally, vertically and diagonally in a web-like formation reminiscent of the underground network. From the tragic to the romantic, the absurd to the cynical, these stories encapsulate the complexity of the city in an entirely fresh visual language.
A-Z was presented at Gloucester Road Tube Station in Summer-Autumn 2004 as part of the Platform for Art, a public art programme for London Underground. For further information go to www.tfl.gov.uk/tube or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The work also exists as a 96 page, full colour artist's book that borrows the format of the classic street guide. An investigative index by the author Geoff Ryman unpicks events and poses quetions, from the rhetorical to the unanswerable, of the implied and real narratives of urban life. In contrast, an essay by art historian Andrew Wilson considers this project in the context of the displaced reality of the languages of maps.
A new work by Lars Arrhenius called The Street is a 6 minute animation on DVD that is also available from Peer. It is packaged in a hardcover book with essays by Sally O'Reilly and Miguel Fernandez-Cid.
Time Out review
The New York Times review