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We ain't never seen an elephant fly. But we've seen one float. An exhibition by newly-formed artist collective Bermuda, Alcoholism 1965 begins an ongoing project which transposes themes and graphic elements of 1960s and 70s Pelican Books onto the landscape of contemporary Brum. In case you've mislaid your collection, Pelican deals in short texts that aim to capture social systems of the moment, and were integral in bringing mid-20th century knowledge and ideas to the masses. Taking its inspiration from the Pelican title of the same year and name, the centre piece of the new exhibition is the pink elephant made famous by the front cover — transformed into a giant raft — which recently took its maiden voyage on the Grand Union canal (pictured). The waterway is a significant location, as it's along these canals that the collective has observed many alcoholics seeking refuge from society. Continuing at Birmingham School of Art until December 20, the ideas within the exhibition are explored further, through various works including a book and a series of limited-edition prints and postcards. More

Alcoholism 1965 is produced with support and input from Rope Press, Frederick Hubble, and Vik Chandla

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