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Project Statement

by J. Drucker

This clever book is a perfect balance of Deschamps's conceptual play and his wit. He uses a sequence of narrative events to call attention to the book space as a conceptual space and a production space, one that tends to collapse planes of discourse (telling) and reference (told) in a seamless convention. By walking into and out of these frames (literally and metaphorically in the imagery and texts), Deschamps deconstructs these habits and conventions without either overplaying the theory card or lapsing into triviality. Distinctly a contribution to the self-conscious codex zone of artists' books, it appeals to a broader readership than some other more elusively conceptual works.

Life in a Book

Francois Deschamps


Francois Deschamps

type: initiating


Publication Information

publisher: Visual Studies Workshop

publication: 1986-01-00

publication history: This book was produced during a residency at the Visual Studies Workshop that was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. There were 500 copies printed in 1986. [A. Schutte]

Aesthetic Profile

surrealist (AAT)
postmodern (AAT)

fiction (AAT)
autobiography (AAT)
artists' books (LCSH)

content form:
fiction (AAT)
visual narrative (local)

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)