Mixed Media > Vest of Knowledge

encyclopedia, britannica, world, book, cylindrical, vest, knowledge, bookwork, bookworks, altered book, installation, one of a kind, sculpture, unique book
altered Encyclopedia, wire, wax, metal, vinyl
21 x 20 x 5 in.
2008
encyclopedia, britannica, world, book, cylindrical, vest, knowledge, bookwork, bookworks, altered book, installation, one of a kind, sculpture, unique book
altered Encyclopedia, wire, wax, metal, vinyl
21 x 20 x 5 in.
2008
encyclopedia, britannica, world, book, cylindrical, vest, knowledge, bookwork, bookworks, altered book, installation, one of a kind, sculpture, unique book
altered Encyclopedia, wire, wax, metal, vinyl
21 x 20 x 5 in.
2008
encyclopedia, britannica, world, book, cylindrical, vest, knowledge, bookwork, bookworks, altered book, installation, one of a kind, sculpture, unique book
altered Encyclopedia, wire, wax, metal, vinyl
21 x 20 x 5 in.
2008
encyclopedia, britannica, world, book, cylindrical, vest, knowledge, bookwork, bookworks, altered book, installation, one of a kind, sculpture, unique book
altered Encyclopedia, wire, wax, metal, vinyl
21 x 20 x 5 in.
2008

Knowledge is not simply another commodity. On the contrary, knowledge is never used up. It increases by diffusion and grows by dispersion.
–Daniel J. Boorstin

Knowledge is a kind of investiture. Sixty-four altered volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica become a new kind of loaded but undetonated World Book. Inserted as cylindrical cartridges into vinyl slots in four contraptions that resemble home-made suicide jackets, these remade pages fuel latent weapons of awe rather than shock, of sublimity rather than terror, as they await-- in the open secret of the multiple public closet--the explosive force of their wisdom rather than prejudice. Whereas suicide bombers use their bodies as weapons, here the implied reader would become the conduit of a textual dissemination, divested of aggression, burst open anew to the world.