The shadow for the thing
A body of work investigating how graphic design can be used to problematize the status of an object. A dummy hand grenade held in the archive of Stanley Kubrick at London College of Communication was used as a case study. Research, interviews, photography and alchemical experimentation resulted in a series of book forms.
A single ‘monograph’ book is accompanied by a series of hand-sized ‘copy books’. The books are unbound and held in a state of tension, mimicking hand grenade-like objects.
Use of film photography and lithographic printing suggest the traditional artists’ monograph, but in opposition to this format, there is no pagination, foreword, provenance, plate reference or comprehensive biography. Sequences of blank pages and repetitions of printed pages that make up a fragmented object biography.
Photography: Cate Rickards and Veronika Pap.