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Project Statement

by J. Drucker

This book was created in Amsterdam in the summer of 1978. It was the outgrowth of drawings done during the winter 1977-78 in Greece, as well as some of the registrations of "event" and "process" that I'd done in Berkeley in the mid 1970s. The premise was that I would make a series of interventions on the surface of an etching plate, and write about them, noting the ways in which each successive state changed the status, role, and identity of the marks as they accumulated. The text was to be similarly iterative, with each statement and key term getting defined and redefined sequentially through varying contexts of use. The etchings were left unbound, so they might function as prints. The texts were bound, since they were printed on the pages of the codex.

Experience of the Medium

Johanna Drucker

title note: The title was meant to suggest both an experience of etching and an experience recorded through the medium of printmaking. [J. Drucker]


Johanna Drucker

type: initiating


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

birth: 1952-05-30

Publication Information

publisher: Johanna Drucker

publication: 1978-00-00

publication history: A single edition of this work was produced. [J. Drucker]

Aesthetic Profile

minimal (AAT)

artists' books (LCSH)

themes: Experience and the iterative, emergent nature of signification. Or, the reflexive nature of a medium. [J.Drucker]

content form:
experimental text (local)

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)

related works: Drawings, particularly the Event Drawings and Subjective Meteorology, are related to this project. It is one of several statements of this experiential aesthetic. Tongues uses a similar, sequential and accumulative graphic aesthetic. [J. Drucker]

other influences: I was definitely aware of minimalist work and procedural work at this point, having already been through art school, having known and seen the work of major conceptual and minimalist artists. I was less aware of procedural work in poetic realms, though I had of course been exposed to Ron Silliman's work in the 1970s. [J. Drucker]

community: other This book was made in Amsterdam, and it brought me into contact with a world of artists and museum people, later, in New York, into other contacts and contexts as well. [J. Drucker]

Related Documents

manuscript type: texts

location: artist's archive

note: None of this material survived my move from Amsterdam.