Entropy / Ari Marcopoulos
Book by Ari Marcopoulos. Photos of friends and artists taken in Tokyo, New Orleans, Lebanon, Brooklyn, and California. Text by Mahfuz Sultan. Design by Roger Willems. Published by Roma Publications in 2019.
“In 2017, while preparing for an exhibition titled Machine, he tried to make sense of all the through lines in his work. He struggled with the endless multiplication of images and the widespread appropriation of his style by amateurs and advertisers.
He revisited all of the work from his career; he searched for patterns and affinities in the images, signs of movement and concert between them. Instead of showing less work and countering noise with silence, he showed hundreds of images, decontextualized, some xeroxed very quickly and others printed with care. He resigned himself to the idea that meaning and coherence between all the work would continuously elude him, and the only thing to do was keep going, keep shooting. This book, Entropy, is one of the books made in the aftermath of that moment when the artist left his forty-year chronology behind and appears to do everything that he did in sequence all at once.” – (Mahfuz Sultan)
About the author
Ari Marcopoulos was born in Amsterdam in 1957 and moved to New York in 1980, at the height of the city’s art scene. An artist, filmmaker, and photographer, his body of work include portraits, street scenes, and landscapes from places as diverse as Tokyo, Lebanon, New Orleans, Brooklyn, and the California coast.
His subjects have been musicians, celebrities, artists, and friends, as well as the anonymous denizens of the boroughs he has wandered. His images are saturated with movement and transformation, with outsiders, the underground, and the periphery, with discontinuities and amnesia.