Bownik: Disassembly

Bownik: Disassembly
Library Shelf Location ABC-BOWN (Artists' Book Collection)
Publication Date 2013

NOTE: THIS ARTIST'S BOOK IS HELD IN BALTIC ARCHIVE NOT THE LIBRARY. Please email for an appointment or see staff.

Bownik’s “Disassembly” is an artist’s book in which a photographic project has been brought to the form of a non-standard picture album. The main role here is played by flowers, which the authors disassembles into parts using DIY tools and then reassembles in possibly unchanged form. 

For deconstruction purposes Bownik uses glues, adhesive tapes, ropes, precisely measuring the distances between the leaves, noting them in pencil on the leaves themselves and photographing them. The resulting images, informed by the still-life tradition, perfectly imitate and evoke that which has been subjected to a destructive process. Hypnotizing the viewer with their deformed charm, they also create an uncomfortable sense of participating in a strange experiment. Beginning with the cover image and progressing through a series of collages and drawings, the book’s narrative culminates in the middle part and comes to a conclusion with a series of sketches.

The book comprises 120 pages of collages, drawings and photographs of over 20 flower species. Printed on two kinds of paper, bound in subtly embossed hardcover, is it a one-of-a-kind publication where every typographic and binding detail matters. Book also includes a booklet with an essay by Andrew Berardini and a conversation with Bownik.

ISBN 9788364353048
Quantity 1
Pages 120p. 31.2 x 24.9 x 1.8 cm
Author Jakub Swircz
Format Hardback
Publisher MUNDIN
Related Artist Bownik
Categories BALTIC Artists' Book Collection (by appointment), Artists' Books, Photography
Keywords Flowers, Flora (plants), Science
Language English

Other Artists

Other Recent Books