Antithesis, or, "you're an artist, not a thinker"
Artist’s book, inkjet print on paper, 44 pages, staple-bound
21 x 15 cm (A5)
Installation view: Lasalle College of the Arts, 2011
Slideshow view: second edition, unnumbered, unsigned, print-on-demand
Antithesis is an artist’s book produced at the conclusion of the fine arts degree programme I attended. With no index or linear order to its contents and taking after the spirit of the DIY personal zine, it is an at times confusing selection and amalgamation of writing and images collected and recorded over the span of a year. Beginning as a response to a kind of burnout and depression, it was a processual reaction to the academy’s obsession with product and exhibition, containing broader engagements with individual autonomy and state authority, framed with the intimacy of the handwritten, often falling into revealing, awkward, or illegible territory — all this set beside a constant questioning of the very legitimacy of treating this thinking and eventual bricolage as art work.