Drawings of People with Signs/Fiscal Cliff - Erlend Peder Kvam – Very Special


Drawings of People with Signs/Fiscal Cliff - Erlend Peder Kvam

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Erlend Peder Kvam Set of 2

Drawings of People with Signs

24 Pages

19.5 x 25.5 cm
Color Offset
First Edition 2019
ISBN 978-3-907179-16-1

Fiscal Cliff

Supported by Grafill

20 Pages
14 x 20 cm
Color Offset
First Edition 2021
ISBN 978-3-907179-29-1

Drawings of People with Signs is as clear as the title suggests, Erlend's characters have a desperate urge of expression.
Natural phenomenons are a well used tool to illustrate and explain financial circumstances. The economy could face tsunamis and earthquakes, it could end up in deep valleys and reach high peaks, and it could be standing in front of the fiscal cliff. The fiscal cliff illustrates an abrupt and uncontrolled economic collapse, and the imagery of state leaders falling down cliffs is one of satire drawings’ best known archetypes. The metaphor is strengthened by the cliff’s many cultural appearances, and it has become a cultural icon itself due to films as Thelma & Louise, Looney Tunes and the Youtube fossil Tha Cliff from 2006.

In the publication Fiscal Cliff, the topographic metaphor is used as a starting point for a visual game with symbols and characters that somehow has to deal with the fiscal fall. There might be multiple reasons why the fiscal cliff occurs, but once it's here it will affect us all.

Erlend Peder Kvam (1994) is an artist, illustrator and editor that lives and works in Oslo, Norway. He was formerly associated with the performance group Narves1biblioteket and today he works as an editor for Raptus, a new Norwegian journal for contemporary drawing.