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Project Statement

by J. Drucker

The exhibition "Love and Terror," announced for Fall 2003 in Arizona, helped provoke the production of this work. But the texts were already being written, and the sensibility with respect to the look of the book, my longstanding desire to make a distinctly neo-expressionist response to current events, had long been developing the vision that manifest fully in this work. Only the raw, edgy, harsh high-contrast of cuts, in this case, linoleum, long a favorite medium of mine, seemed sufficient to express the cruelty of fate and injustice being wrought by the current administration. Trying to figure out what was going on in the world was so difficult. All the lies and rhetorical obfuscation of media reports coupled with the anecdotal evidence of daily lives of real people, friends, family. And then the weather, with its own cruelties, seemed to damage every new bit of spring growth in one round after another of bitter winter. No way to know what happens, except by transforming all of that into form, into expression. And the shrill, almost hysterial pink-ness of the cover papers, torn and pasted, were the other gesture meant to register anger in the aesthetic of production. People have read this as a story of personal anger, sadness, and difficulty, but it was not explicitly so. Rather, a composite of all I saw around me, felt, and processed. The events in my private life seemed like another symptom, not the cause, of the mood of this book.

Damaged Spring: Pink Noire

Johanna Drucker


Johanna Drucker

type: initiating


born: United States
active: United States
citizenship: United States

birth: 1952-05-30

Publication Information

publisher: Druckwerk

conception: 2003-01-00 Conceived and written in winter and spring 2003.
production: 2003-00-00
publication: 2003-00-00

publication history: Produced at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center, The McGuffey Art Center, and Johanna Drucker's home all in Charlottesville, Virginia. Text, images, design, and production were all done by the author. [A. Schutte]

Aesthetic Profile


artists' books (LCSH)

themes: Iraq War, Terrorism, fear, Spring 2003 [A. Schutte]

themes: Damage [J. Drucker]

content form:
experimental text (local)

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)

inspiration: Knut Hamsen, "Hunger," and Viktor Shklovsky, "War Journal." For the images, Kathe Kollwitz, Kirchner, Munch, other German expressionists. [J. Drucker]

related works: Among other Drucker works, Kidz is probably the closest in sensibility. Very few other books are as dark. From Now has some of the same compositional moves in its line by line strokes of imagery language. Deterring Discourse, because it was written at the beginning of the first Gulf War, also relates. [J. Drucker]

other influences: The news. Always the news. And communications from friends. [J. Drucker]

community: press VABC (Virginia Arts of the Book Center). [J. Drucker]

note: This expressionistic sensibility is latent in other Drucker projects, and in the unique books Yellow Dog and Mind Massage (especially the small pamphlet in Mind Massage), the drawing style and emotional intensity are similar. [J. Drucker]

reception history: Love and Terror had some notice.

Related Documents

manuscript type: correspondence

location: artist's archive

note: Because this was in the "Love and Terror" exhibition in Tucson, correspondence about that exhibit (which served as deadline and thus prompted the production of the work) is relevant.

manuscript type: other

location: artist's archive

note: The keynote talk for "Love and Terror" has direct relations to this book project.

manuscript type: texts

location: artist's archive

note: Many texts, manuscripts, and other materials for this, as well as outtakes, exist.

manuscript type: mockups

location: artist's archive

note: Mockups, trials, other designs, images, etc. all exist.

General Comments

A work of anger, despair, sadness. [J. Drucker]