Sydney: Ant Press, 2012. An exploration of Australia’s system of democracy and of the principle of voting rights, Oppen’s book plumbs the ambivalence many modern voters feel toward democracy to analyze the ironies of current governments. The bulk of the book is devoted to a series of linocuts foregrounding the letters of “democracy,” pairing these with words that evoke the ambiguity and tensions of modern governance. These appear against a running background of a faceless crowd, a subtle declaration that the ultimate decision, in execution and impact, remains with the populace. At the end is a fold-out daring the reader to vote “Yes” or “No,” as well as an article by researcher Chris Berg detailing the intricacies of modern democracy, especially regarding its coexistence with capitalism.
16mo. (22)pp. One of 50 copies. Bound in screen-printed card wrappers backed in cloth. Housed in a four-flap box, which includes two HB pencils. Mild soiling to box, else fine. Item #31045