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Item date(s): 1995

Robbin Ami Silverberg

Pages: unpaged
Size: 170mm

Place publication: Brooklyn, NY
Publisher: Artist's Book
Cat. 139
Exhibition 1996; 2022

Additional notes:
"Two matchbox-like containers are attached by an accordion of paper with protruding human hair, much like a brush. The boxes hold books, bound on leather cords with waxed linen thread. The two texts, sewn with human hair and copper wires, resonate in their similarities but, like the expansion and compression of the brush-accordion, vary in their meaning and intention."

Additional Thoughts:

"This book is the first I did that created an equivalency between a brush and a book. At the time, I felt the need to move words into a new structure, as I was struggling with how to make words and language master feelings. I sensed that offering the reader a multi-sensorial experience of language might bridge this gap, and chose to explore words through the sense of touch.

Dedicated to my sister."

Reference note:
Two small bound books in trays within seperate boxes joined with concertina with hair in chemise with magnet.

Exhibition notes:
Item 139 on Artists' Books in the Ginsberg Collection, with some South African Books from Other Collections.

Johannesburg Art Gallery

25 August to 27 October 1996

Creative Research: The Artists’ Books of Veronika Schäpers, Robbin Ami Silverberg and Julie Chen.


22 September to 15 December 2022

Ref: GB/5942

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