PUTPUT: “We find subjects through everyday life”

You are an interdisciplinary Swiss and Danish artist duo established in 2011 and call PUTPUT. What is your story of beginning of this collaboration?

We met through a mutual friend and quickly discovered that we have similar interests and views of the world. We both come from a background in design (graphic design and fashion design) and have both worked extensively with photography in our studies and various jobs. PUTPUT has become our free space, where we don’t have to take the demands of others into consideration and where we are in control of both input and output. We both bring different strengths to the collaboration and even though we often disagree, which leads to a healthy dialogue about the work it never feels like a compromise.

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Your works is a mixture of contemporary sculpture and photography. Who and what inspires You? (Please be as much as possible precise in names, places, trends, sources of inspiration that come from life).

Our work is based on a multitude of references and influences ranging from 16th century still life paintings to the soft sculptures of Claes Oldenburg. Pop Art and advertising also play a major part in what we do but mostly we find subjects through everyday life. The most predominant features of our work are collected in our immediate surroundings and we are very focused on training our eyes to notice the inherent aesthetic qualities of objects that often go unnoticed.
We use photography to document the transient state of the “sculptures” we create and to direct what we want to be seen.

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You take two materials, for example, sponge and stick and somehow make a popsicles. How would you describe your position in regard and in the context of pop-culture?

We try to create new meanings through the reconfiguration of objects that seemingly do not belong together. This is done in order to raise questions about metaphysical relationships connected to objects, value and to some extent also create a new reality surrounding the chosen object, which we hope will make the viewer rethink or pay attention to certain aspects of everyday life.

We are bombarded with so many images everyday and even though we are a part of this visual culture, we hope that our images will at least make you look twice.

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Funny and sarcastic photographs can be samples of skin-deep visual beauty, but also can hide a powerful message. How do you position your work. What do you think about theory / threories?…

We are aware that our work is often seen as funny or lighthearted, and we are actually quite flattered if people smile or laugh when they see our images. We believe that humor can provide a way into the work and hopefully the viewers will discover something more upon closer inspection. We take the work very seriously, but we also have a good time developing the ideas, collecting the objects and doing the shoots which also inflouences the expression.

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