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Project Statement

by J. Drucker

This is a procedural work, done by making successive copies of a page so that the dust continues to catch more light and more toner. The pages become darker as the field of charged activity registered by the optical scanning device in the copier intensifies. The project was very simple, but the effect is striking and serves as a demonstration of a particular principle of book production: the sequence of accumulated references is what constitutes the book's "text" field. The minimalist-conceptualist foundation for this book is also evident in its modest but adequate production means. The book is sufficient to its conceptual premise. Strong, simple, an exemplary work in the genre of procedural and generative aesthetics advanced through material means.

Dust and Light

George Gessert


George Gessert

type: initiating


born: United States
citizenship: United States

birth: 1944-00-00

Publication Information

publisher: Green Light

publication: 1987-00-00

publication history: Dust and Light was published by Green Light in 1987. [A. Schutte]

Aesthetic Profile

process (AAT)

artists' books (LCSH)

themes: reproduction, mutation [A. Schutte]

content form:
Series of photocopies

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)
conceptual (local)

related works: Lewitt et al, The Xerox Book (1968) [E. Rettberg]