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War Tank / Zip

Item date(s): 2016

Alexa Pienaar

Medium: Paper; Cardboard
Pages: 1130 x 215 x 140mm
Technique: Mixed media; Pen and ink
Edition: Unique

Type: Sculptural book
Sub-type: Sculptural book object
Theme(s): War and the history of the bow and arrow

Place publication: Johannesburg
Publisher: The artist
Exhibition 2017

Reference note:
Unique sculptural object from which a length of paper can be pulled

I have designed and created an artist's book in which the dynamics of the book supports the content. The cover of my book is in the shape of a large, 3 dimensional zip, which separates from the bottom part, exposing a strip of paper with small drawings and annotated writing. The drawings are a timeline of the development the bow and arrow. These drawings of this seemingly simple weapon (advancing as time goes by) are supported by the zip in a manner that the zip can be seen as a war tank, a large, very dangerous, weapon.

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/17003

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