Erdem Taşdelen

The Elements of Discontent

Inkjet prints on Hahnemühle photo rag paper
Various dimensions

The Elements of Discontent is a series of printed digital collages that are meticulously constructed following a strict process. Each composition acts as a visual representation of a different academic psychology book that is borrowed from a public library, from which all the drawings, charts, diagrams and graphs are scanned and all textual information erased. The gathered material is used at original sizes without omissions, which dictates the sizes of the final compositions.

The elimination of the contextual significance of the images in these publications allows for a study of the field of psychology as it is visually represented through methods of quantification and abstraction. Devoid of decipherable messages, the collages resemble complex puzzles and point to the impossibility of encapsulating subjective experience.

Installation view, Meet Me by the Tree, Öktem & Aykut, Istanbul, 2016.

The Science of Self-Control
88.9 x 88.9 cm (35" x 35")

Mental Imagery in the Child: A Study of the Development of Imaginal Representation
73.7 x 73.7 cm (29" x 29")

Essentials of Psychological Testing
101.6 x 101.6 cm (40" x 40")

Grow or Die: The Unifying Principle of Transformation
96.5 x 55.9 cm (38" x 22")

Psychological Testing – Principles, Applications and Issues (2005)
104.1 x 73.7 cm (41" x 29")

Strategies of Genius
88.9 x 63.5 cm (35" x 25")

Public Appearances Private Realities: The Psychology of Self-Monitoring
33 x 43.2 cm (13" x 17")

The Structure and Measurement of Intelligence
71.1 x 53.3 cm (28" x 21")

Psychological Testing – Principles, Applications and Issues (1991)
50.8 x 45.7 cm (20" x 18")