About the work

This photograph is part of my on-going exploration entitled ‘The Empty Library.’ Whenever I come across a book that is not a book, I photograph it and add it to this archive.This one was stolen from a global store display. Its title— ‘Pamplemousse’—is pleasurable to say and to think about. Wooden grapefruits are hard to come by.

About the artist

Kim Schoen (b. Princeton, 1969) received her MFA in Photography from CalArts in 2005, and a Master of Philosophy from The Royal College of Art in 2008. Using an experimental approach across video installation, photography, and text, Kim explores the subject of rhetoric, and the often irrational ways in which the commercial and the personal intersect. She takes on objects and speech that are trying to persuade or convince us of something—and uses them as raw materials to say something new. She been exhibited in venues such as LACMA; MMoCA; BAM, New York; Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Germany; Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Roma; Whitechapel Gallery, South London Gallery, and MOT International, London. Her work is included in private and public collections, and has been written about in Artforum, Mousse, Art in America, The Los Angeles Times, and Hotshoe International. Her own writing (‘Cracking Walnuts: Nonsense and Repetition in Video Art’, ’The Serial Attitude Redux’, ‘The Expansion of the Instant: Photography, Anxiety, Infinity’) can be found in X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly. Kim is also the co-founder, co-publisher and co-editor of MATERIAL.