On 23 April 2014, Central Saint Martins MA Design graduate Darragh Casey will launch his book Shelving the Body. The Soapbox Press publication will showcase Casey’s striking ‘shelf portraiture’.
Darragh’s portraiture takes people out of their familiar environment and places them – and a few items from their usual habitat – on a series of shelves. Each piece of shelving is unique, manufactured for the individual and the objects that make up their life.
The shelf portraits examine the idea of the ‘user’, whose traditional expectations of the shelf are purely practical. Darragh saw that shelves seek to accommodate the user by holding their belongings, but rarely look beyond this responsibility. He decided to intertwine person and shelf, change the ergonomics and alter logistics.
Shelving the Body charts Darragh’s journey from studying at Central Saint Martins to winning professional commissions. It includes commentary from Darragh’s tutors, who experienced first-hand the project’s development. His family and friends, who were guinea pigs for the project, have also contributed.
The book launch will take place at Central Saint Martins on 23 April 2014.