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Project Statement

by J. Drucker

This book has a great sense of humor at its core. As an example of a "self-conscious codex" the book takes advantage of its own reference frame as an excuse to cut out the page number that would have been 13! But as a little gallery of "13's" in various typefaces, fonts, sizes, and printed on various papers, it is a tiny masterwork of careful collaging and printing. The book has an exquisite quality to it appropriate to the fetishistic approach, and the way each little page number suggests, by its fragmentary nature, an entire inventory of other works and tombs, all now carefully mutilated as a result of these compulsive labors, is quite charming.

The Exorcism of Page Thirteen

Caryl Burtner


Caryl Burtner

type: initiating


active: United States

Publication Information

publisher: Gates of Heck, Inc.

publication: 1993-00-00

publication history: Caryl Burtner began this series in 1978, cutting the page number from page 13 of every book in her library and placing them 48-to-a-page. The result was printed in 1993 by Gates of Heck, Inc. [A. Schutte]

Aesthetic Profile


artists' books (LCSH)

themes: obsession, phobia [A. Schutte]

themes: recombination, arbitraryness, collection [E. Rettberg]

content form:
appropriated text (local)
cut-up (local)

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