Brilliant Absence

Brilliant Absence Pursuing the Kingfisher in the Work of Hans Waanders

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On an October day in 1982 the Dutch artist Hans Waanders witnessed a kingfisher flying across a small pond near the river Maas. This singular moment prompted an extended quest for the elusive bird that persisted for the remaining nineteen years of his life. Waanders pursuit of the kingfisher became an expansive endeavour that both adopted and subverted methods of archiving, classification, mapping, and etymology. Taking a global approach to the identification and knowledge of the species, Waanders collected and gathered specimens of all varieties, producing printed documentation in the form of books, cards, and stamps, as well as installations and interventions, in order to focus in on the nature and culture of the kingfisher and its place in our world. In a series of thematic essays, Ross Hair examines Waanders? work in close detail?from the commonality of the kingfisher, to its broader context in art and literature, and the species? associations with colour and reverie, and time and space.

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Uniformbooks began in 2011 as a flexible and open imprint for the visual and literary arts, cultural geography and history, music and bibliographic studies. The concern is with the connections between creative and academic work, and printed formats, as well as the generality of the series. Uniformagazine is intended as a quarterly occurrence alongside the books, for the variety of writers, artists and contributors that we work with and publish.

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ISBN: 9781910010204
Imprint: Uniformbooks
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Weight: -1g