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The Holey Book of Alice

Item date(s): 2010

Gordon Froud

Size: 500mm
Edition: Unique

Sub-type: Altered book
Theme(s): Alice in Wonderland

Place publication: (Johannesburg, RSA)
Publisher: The artist

Reference note:
The artist states:

'A version of Lewis Carrol's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland published in 1958 by Splendor Books and illustrated by MAJARA has been the victim of interaction or intervention resulting in two 'new' versions of the original publication.

I made use of various sized hole saws and used these to literally 'edit' the book by removing circular sections of image and text. The result is a book object that can no longer be read as a comprehendible narrative since the narrative is interrupted. The book object becomes an interesting sculptural object whose three-dimensionality is enhanced by steel cables that pierce the pages and hold the book upright in the round, and allow individual pages to be seen or paged. This pierced book became the holey book of Alice, playing on the tradition of Holy books and the visual pun of a book of holes.'

Found text and images reworked

500 x 600 x 600mm

Exhibition notes:
Included on the exhibition 'Transgressions and Boundaries of the Page', exhibited at WOORDFEES 2010. Archive Room in JS Gericke Library, University of Stellenbosch, 1st - 6th March 2010; The Gallery of the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 15th April - 13th May 2010; the FADA Gallery, Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg, 12th - 30th July 2010.

Ref: DP/10052

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