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Item date(s): 2016

Steven Sack

Size: 270mm
Edition: Unique

Sub-type: Altered book
Theme(s): Self-reflexive play on acceptability of an original object`s destruction or transformation into an art object

Place publication: Johannesburg
Publisher: The artist
Exhibition 2017

Reference note:
'Accepted' is a unique book made through a process of breaking, cutting and deleting. It began its life as an auction catalogue and is now somewhat transformed. Its construction arises out of a process of discovery, page by page, texts and images changed, erased, deleted and remade as each page is unfolded and as each page sets up a set of associations with other pages and images. Out of this process a new narrative was constructed.

The final text, on the back page, is a reduction and an extraction of the legal prescripts associated with auctions and is used, tongue in cheek, to 'validate' and pronounce on the authenticity, as an object of Fine Art of 'Accepted' for anyone who chooses to acquire it. The title 'Accepted' is in recognition of the fact that the object has been accepted onto an official art exhibition and thereby becomes an artwork.

This is a transformed auction catalogue. The original method of manufacture has been exposed. Pages are glued together and altered to make a three dimensional, structural object which has evolved.

Auction book; Paper; Pigment; Glue

Exhibition notes:
‘Booknesses: Contemporary South African Artist's Books’.

FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg.

Curated by David Paton and Eugene Hon.

24 March - 5 May 2017

Ref: DP/17084

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