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Project Statement

by J. Drucker


This book is in the genre of self-conscious codex, its pages are layout templates populated with punctuation and abstract, not quite legible marks. The book creates a set of structured pages, but their function is to call attention to such structures, rather than to use them in a vehicular way. The communication cycle is short-circuited. Carrión is intent upon showing the graphic language of book form and appreciating the aesthetic and rhetorical properties of these forms. Thus the call to attention for both fans and scholars, those who love the book form and those who use it. Carrión's output was limited, and his life brief, and the well-realized perfection of this small work makes it a reference point for work in the book format that references books as subject and object.

For Fans and Scholars Alike

Ulises Carrión

Agents

Ulises Carrión

type: initiating

role:
artist
designer


Publication Information

publisher: Visual Studies Workshop Press

dates:
publication: 1987-03-00

publication history: The book was produced in an edition of 200 copies during an artist-in-residency program at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. [E. Rettberg]

Aesthetic Profile

movement:
conceptual (AAT)

subject:
non-representational art (AAT)

themes: pagespace, layout as signifier [E. Rettberg]

content form:
experimental text (local)

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)

community: press Visual Studies Workshop Press [E. Rettberg]

reception history: In The Century of Artists' Books, Johanna Drucker cites the book as an exemplar of textual self-reflexivity: Carrión "composed pages which are organized in graphic terms but do not contain any specific verbal or visual messages. ...The book displays a self-conscious level of organization as a structural feature of a work, but not necessarily tied to the production of meaning in the pedestrian sense. But the book is neither nonsense (silly gibberish) nor without sense (meaningless)--instead it presents structure as meaning, as the sum total of means of producing meaning, and thus offers structure to our view for analysis" (163-164).