Spandau I_ 30″x22″, graphite on paper.
The Spandau lMG 08 (c.1918). My friend Alvaro Perez brought this gun to my attention. This version, the leichtes Maschinen Gewehr or light machine gun, was mounted on aircraft. ‘Spandau’ is a borough of Berlin in which these guns were made.
The perforated jacket is the beauty and failing of this gun. I am interested in the perforations as windows in a tower-like structure. Taken symbolically this structure was created and collapsed by war.
Spandau II_ 30″x22″, graphite on paper.