Rindon Johnson: The Law of Large Numbers
Inpatient Press, 2021, Softcover, 230 pages, 18 × 12.5 cm
Contributions by Sohrab Mohebbi and Ellen Greig and a foreword by Zoé Whitley, Kyle Dancewicz
The Law of Large Numbers is a publication with original writings by artist Rindon Johnson that accompanies the exhibitions Law of Large Numbers: Our Bodies at SculptureCenter, New York, and Law of Large Numbers: Our Selves at Chisenhale Gallery, London.
Connecting Johnson’s rigorous and poetic writing practice with the larger themes of the exhibitions, the book serves as a catalog and also as its own document of the varied ideas, artistic figures, and approaches that inform Johnson’s art. Throughout, scans of Johnson’s sketchbook pages, screenshots of CCTV camera footage, and other research materials illustrate extended artwork descriptions and diaristic entries written throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Like much of his work, Johnson’s writing explores how supposed virtual and actual realities are integrated, and how artistic production contributes to an ongoing process of identification and disidentification.