They’re sneaky little devils, rocks; lodging under toes, hiding in the soil for unsuspecting spades or jamming between the ruts in your shoes making you tap dance as you walk. But we seem to love them at the It’s Nice That studio, as the last year confirms, we have seen rocks balanced on scanners, rocks with faces, rocks being laid on and even hand made, hand painted rocks. But this new publication from Your Mind Bookshop, Kyoungtae Kim’s On The Rocks takes it back to the basics, back to the metaphorical earth or sand, if you will, appreciating these pebbly beauties for just that, for being rocks.
Kyoungtae shows us magnificently photographed rocks up close, from afar, cut in half and organised as entire maps of mysterious objects. Collected from five different countries over eight years, they carry a narrative of travel with them. But it is the publication’s complete simplicity that makes it so beautiful, the literal, honest fascination with these strange compositions that have come from who knows where.
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