Drawing and Other Destructive Acts presents a suite of mixed-media works by Tim Svenonius that explore a kinship between inquiry and destruction.
In 2011, the artist began unbinding books to embed the loose pages in mixed-media works, playing with the idea of subtext. The unbinding became a crucial part of his process, taking on a ritual aspect. While the act of destroying a book inevitably suggests darker historic connotations, the unbinding in effect multiplies the object--from one book many works can be born. It can also be likened to dissection, a generative-destructive act that destroys the very thing it seeks to illuminate. In Drawing and Other Destructive Acts, dissection serves as a central metaphor for the pursuits of understanding that come at a a perilous cost.