Stefan Friedli, Ulrik Martin Larsen
GUP #038, the Collaboration Issue
Stefan Friedli (Switzerland) and Ulrik Martin Larsen (Denmark), better known as the interdisciplinary artist collective PUTPUT, explore the banality of objects and playfully turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Through distinctively staged still life tableaus they always attempt to give new meaning to these objects; to capture the previously unseen, in a way that is reminiscent of the 1920s Surrealist Movement. How can we be convinced to reconsider objects that at first glance seem so quaintly familiar? Subtle connections are created between the artefact and its purpose, calling for a double take. They take household cleaning paraphernalia and plant them amongst various potted flora. Or, in a much more immediate way, replacing the frozen body of a popsicle with a scour sponge. The two work at an increasingly trafficked intersection where photography, styling, art and design meet, which allows creators to control both the product and the way it’s presented — both the input and the output, as it were, which is where their clever studio name comes from.