whole: Sculpture created from a book. The book is entitled 'Rockets and Missiles'. The illustrations from the book have
been cut and folded out so that clusters of rockets and missiles project from two sides of the book.
Small format book, with cut and 'exploded' pages, in an integral perspex box; the book is attached to the backboard in the box
One of a series in which Scottish artist Jack Milroy cut and folded factual books, on diverse subjects such as animals, plants, fossils. Through this process he animates the subjects, bringing out something of their essential nature.
Glasgow-born Milroy has worked with a range of found materials, especially books, maps and printed ephemera. He has produced a number of exploding bookworks, like the one shown here. Milroy says that he avoids too close an examination of his artistic motivations in case it makes his work too literal. His playful creations often rely on a sense of surrealism and serendipity. Influenced by Pop Art, here his minimal intervention transforms the dry technical detail of this book into an explosion of the weapons that lay dormant between its covers.