The Void Ratio - Shane Levene & Karolina Urbaniak
'The Void Ratio' is the amount of black space in the psyche, the unresolved conflicts arising from the trauma of dying and the consequence of living.
Through a series of photographs (Artefacts of Self-destruction), Urbaniak isolates and records the forensics of a ‘lifescene’ (here being the author’s own drug paraphernalia) at times discovering a breathtaking beauty emitted by the objects. Urbaniak’s lens turns the otherwise inanimate objects into landscapes, monuments, horizons, revealing the universal blackness of history and corporeal qualities of the user in the traces of blood and carbon left behind.
For his part, Levene focuses on the physical body and the abstract mind, the struggle to come to terms with and accept time, existence and mortality. It’s quickly understood that 15 years of hardcore heroin addiction, over 60‚000 intravenous injections, have been administered in an attempt to fill this volume of void. Far more than the stereotypical writing so often found in drug literature Levene’s texts employ heroin use and addiction as a means to explore far grander themes of history, nostalgia, consequence and trauma.
“Levene’s words are something like when you find a long lost old faithful, a throbber on the shin, aaaaah.....
‘The Void Ratio’ left me dreaming again of the fucking nightmare..."
"...far from serving solely as a portrait of a mutual friend, Urbaniak’s work in the Void Ratio captures the debris left behind in the wake of the virulent drug epidemic sweeping Britain today. Stark, powerful, poetic... The Artefacts of Self-destruction is the perfect companion to this small collection of Levene’s words.
Shane’s writing is by turns beautiful, scabrous, funny, heartbreaking and dangerous. In my opinion, Shane is one of the few, actual honest-to-God Poets we still have writing today."
Tony O'Neil, author.
- 64 Pages
- Soft Cover bound
- 18 cm x 22 cm