Andy Capp Variations was published by Hassla on the occasion of Torbjørn Rødland's solo show at Standard Oslo, reproducing the works made for the show. Rødland employs the comic strip character of Andy Capp as the starting point for a series of 12 small-scale black and white photographs. Repeating the same drawn image of this character, these photographs seem motivated by an interest in nivellation; an attempt at having the photographs neither appear as portrait, nor landscape, nor still life.
"Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes". (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
The choice of Andy Capp could partly be explained by an interest in Andy Capp as a representation of the ‘common man’ or the comic strip as a representation of ‘common sense’. Being about the people and for the people it does not rely on any education or esoteric knowledge. In fact the continuous juxtaposition of "the people" with "the elites" seems essential to the plot, not only proving a certain populist sentiment but occasionally also proving itself as a convenient and commonly accessible illustration for political parties, which at some point had former chairman of the Norweigan neo-liberal Progress Party, Carl I. Hagen, claiming that Andy Capp represented the party’s ideal supporter. (Hassla)
Now out of print and very hard to find. This copy has some wear and sunning to the edges.