Granary Books, 1996. Item #GB_43
12 1/4 x 8 1/2 in., 40 pp., hardcover with dust jacket printed letterpress.
“Unlike the avant-garde artist’s book of the early century, Drucker’s doesn’t boast a single illustration, a single pictorial equivalent to the text. Rather, it is the alphabet itself that is made flesh, the letter being seen in all of its visual potential.”
–Marjorie Perloff, Radical Artifice
Calling attention to the visual materiality of the text, this book attempts to halt linear reading, trapping the eye in a field of letters which make a complex object on the page. The work both embodies and discusses language as a physical form.
This is a facsimile edition of the Druckwerk original letterpress edition (1989, handprinted by Drucker). Printed offset with dust jacket printed letterpress by the artist. Bound by Jill Jevne. This is from an edition of 500 copies. Out-of- print. Fine.
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View the entry for this book on Artists Books Online.
Pictured: cover; pp. 13–14 and 39–40.
Further reading: Shaw, Tate. "To Figure Out What Is Happening: An Interview with Johanna Drucker." The Journal of Artists’ Books 21. Spring 2007.