n Scrutiny2 - Verbal and visual : the restless view : by Ivan Vladisavic : review essay

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0041-5359


This essay is a review of Ivan Vladislavic's recent book on the artist, Willem Boshoff. Vladislavic and Boshoff share a philosophical interest in the linguistic tensions between abstract meanings and material signs. Where Boshoff's sculptures and installations often appear as three-dimensional texts, the letters and words in Vladislavic's books have all the materiality of Duchamp's ready-mades. In his engagement with Boshoff's work, as much as in his own fiction, Vladislavic explores the ethical implications of human attempts to consolidate meaning as it surfaces in the patterned media of language.

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