The Meaning of Gravity

The Meaning of Gravity

by Ken Graves

Luhz Press presents The Meaning of Gravity, the first monograph of collage works by Ken Graves.

Ken Graves created hundreds of collages from the mid-1970s until his passing in 2016, using medical journals, technical manuals, advertisements, and found objects. Highly influenced by Surrealism’s aim to reveal the subconscious through dream-like scenes, he reconfigured the material of popular culture to unveil the social undercurrents embedded in commercial imagery. Graves’ collages examine the tension of societal roles, from intimate relationships to duty to one’s sex or station, and masterfully reveal the hidden rituals that have been erected to create and maintain a set of social orders. Yet, each scene resists finality, presenting work that is fluid, contingent, and inquisitive.

Men With Balls by Ken Graves
analog collage; 2005. Courtesy of the publisher.

While Graves’ reputation as a photographer precedes him, the artist’s rarely seen collage work complements his photography, revealing an artist who engaged with the politically charged climate of late twentieth century America not only by documenting it but also by reimagining it.

The Meaning of Gravity
by Ken Graves
Clothbound hardcover; Edition of 800
128 pages; 88 plates; 11.5″x9.25″
ISBN 979-8-218-26254-9
Luhz Press, Los Angeles, California, USA, 2023

You can purchase the book from the publisher, Luhz Press.