Saturday Book Review: Erik van der Weijde "Parking Lot."

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I came across a great new zine this week by the Dutch artist Erik van der Weijde while shopping around Dashwood Books.  Parking Lot. is a brilliant reproach on banality.  There is hardly anything more pedestrian than a parked car, let alone thirty-two of them, but van der Weijde's pictures are physical.  You can feel him leaning on and reaching over the hoods, peering, as his wide-angle lens engulfs the interiors and their surrounding lots.  The book has a strong and playful cadence, which is set up by its vertical orientation.  Seriality is abated by idiosyncrasy.  The perspectives are restless, and the occasional obstructions - a layer of snow covering the windshield, a sun reflector left in place overnight, a half-shut garage door - work to animate these idyll machines.  Every book I have seen by Van der Weijde is impeccably designed and produced; Parking Lot. is no exception.  It is bound with thin thread, and the high-contrast black and white images read and turn beautifully on the warm newsprint.       

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