Scarce example of this signed limited edition letterpressed procedural artist's book — from the noted printer, artist, and scholar of the book.
"Against Fiction (1988) organizes aspects of tabloid publishing according to a strict set of rules which 'filter' large and small type across the page. Inspired by architect Peter Eisenman's House X, Against Fiction is an exercise in typographic systems gone mad. 'I wouldn't let myself make any arbitrary or non-standard decisions until the stock of letters in the typecase had been exhausted,' Drucker explains. 'Then accidents – necessitated by technology – would begin to appear.'" — Ellen Lupton
Impressive artist's book from Johanna Drucker, one of the most innovative practitioners and foremost scholars in the field. AGAINST FICTION is an evocative interaction between the warmth of the handmade book and the cold calculation of much of its creation: "I decided to use certain mathematical progressions: four pages (one signature) of pages with one paragraph, eight pages (two sheets) with two paragraphs, twelve pages (three sheets) with three paragraphs, and sixteen pages (four sheets) with four paragraphs. [...] The first section began with a single paragraph that was set in type that began with the largest point size and went to the smallest. The second page had large type on the top and bottom of the paragraph and the smallest type was in the middle, the third reversed this, and the fourth went from smallest to largest. Every sequence had a regular set of changes and alterations to it, but one element of random change or variation was allowed per page as well." All of Drucker's limited editions are now scarce in the marketplace. A nice example of an important work from one of the most prominent book artists working today.
Read more: Ellen Lupton, "Words Made Flesh," Eye No. 18 Vol. 5 (1995).
[Oakland]: Druckwerk, 1983. 15.75" x 12.75". Original white cardstock boards. In original black dust jacket with printed title label.Limited edition, one of 97 (completed) copies, this #63. Hand-numbered and signed by Drucker to colophon page. Mild wear and rubbing to extremities, especially at spine. Small chip to top edge of rear panel of jacket. Internally fine. Overall bright, clean, and sound.
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