Residual Stacks

Kate Morrell

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210 x 170 mm, 40 pages
Pleats, 2018

A publication developed at Sitterwerk, St.Gallen, Switzerland. Five days and five nights of ‚dynamic order‘ at the Sitterwerk Foundation’s Kunstbibliothek and Werkstoffarchiv. Supported by Arts Council England and the British Council’s Artist’s International Development Fund. Published under Kate Morrell’s imprint Pleats.


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The dynamic ordering and the daily reshuffling of materials are references that lead to disruptions for users and enable casual encounters. Residual Stacks is a document of work Kate Morrell undertook on-site over five days and nights, using materials extracted from the drawers of the Sitterwerk Foundation’s Werkstoffarchiv. A series of constructed images produced over one quiet week in early summer, when left uninterrupted to handle materials and accumulate books and materials with a single workspace.

The ‚stacks‘ integrate objects from the many sections of the archive (metals, minerals, textiles, ceramics, paper etc.), disrupting any established hierarchies of materials. The accession numbers and element listings supplied, are as recorded in the Sitterwerk Catalogue.

This series of images and this publication are made in conversation with a library sub-section of exhibition catalogues, mainly Swiss-designed; these slim catalogues were published c1960s-70s, illustrated with black and white images documenting European post-war sculpture, contemporary minimalism, modernist sculpture and monumental words in marble, steel and bronze.