Euan Macdonald

We Already See So Much

This artist’s book is a collection of 85 landscape drawings and sketches by Euan Macdonald that were produced over a three year period in many parts of the world.

In the small scenes, Macdonald reflects on the abstract and concrete forms of ordinary landscape phenomena, providing a strange synthesis of familiarity and contingency, which in turn provokes an uncertainty about the ordinary.

The book’s title comes from the last line of the short text A Little Ramble (1914) by the Swiss writer Robert Walser (1878–1956). A reprint of A Little Ramble (in the original German, accompanied by the English translation) is also included in the book as a detached insert.

Interspersed throughout the book are reproductions of 22 found Swiss postcards that were produced circa 1912–1915, in proximity to the same time and place where Walser wrote A Little Ramble. Each postcard image reflects a coincidental scene (within Walser’s text), producing a loose photographic narrative of the original text.

English and German text.

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