Saturday, February 25, 2017

Daniel Eatock

Daniel Eatock
Daniel Eatock
Draw Down Books, 2017
32 pp., 6.5 x 9.35", staple-bound
Edition size unknown

Daniel Eatock's new eponymously titled zine presents a selection of the artist's photographs of two-tone repaired cars. The work draws a connection between automotive repair, art conservation and the Japanese art of kintsugi, which treats breakage and repair in pottery as part of the history of the object, rather than something to disguise.

Eatock's photographs feature cars where a part from an identical model - but different colour - has been used as a replacement, and the owner has forgone the final stage of a repaint. The collection presents the thrifty practice as a considered aesthetic decision, where the different coloured door or hood becomes a distinguishing feature.

I saw a yellow car with a black door just last night and thought to myself that if my car required a replacement door I would probably not bother with the paint job, assuming the results looked as good as these (or as the similar Simon Starling Fiat project here).

The zine is priced at $15.00 but available this weekend for $10 at Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair (Booth G–18), or by using the code LAABF at the Draw Down website, here.

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