Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Terence Hannum - "The Unholy Bow" (2011) [5nakefork Records]

So, I must admit, I've never really...reviewed visual art before. I've written about the defining qualities of art in an educational, philosophical sense (back when I thought being a philosophy major was a good idea), but I've never been in a situation where I get to play the part of the dreaded, pretentious art critic and, to be completely honest, I have no idea what I'm doing. However, after perusing The Unholy Bow (it's technically a I underline it?) and doing a little soul searching, I think I might be ready to step up a bit.

Terence Hannum, whose name you might recognize from his work with the mighty Locrian, has published a small handful of visually striking, angle-worshipping (especially the sharp corners of the pentagon) artzines, each more haunting than the last. The Unholy Bow, Hannum's most recent offering, is a hyper-minimal meditation on what appears to be the natural asymmetry of human hair in a bowing position. An exquisite collection of drawings, poetry, and mirrored photo manipulation, The Unholy Bow is the perfect companion to a glass of red wine and your favorite Northaunt record.

4.25" x 6.88"
Perfect Bound Pocket Sized Book
White interior paper (60# weight), black and white interior ink, white exterior paper (100# weight), full-color exterior ink
50 pages

Available from both 5nakefork Records and directly from Terence himself.


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