Petite work which transforms the mandatory statement for an exhibition ("This bookwork piece was created especially for the Artwords and Bookworks Exhibition") into an artist's book.
Created for the landmark 1978 Artwords and Bookworks exhibition and dedicated to the curators "Joan [Hugo] and Judy [Hoffberg]" MANDATORY STATEMENT weaves one word of the statement per page though a naively illustrated book. And though not noted, this is essentially the dedication copy, from the collection of Judith Hoffberg (via Jim Hugunin of Grafix Artist Press, who printed many of the books featured). A charming memento from an important artists' book exhibit, one of the largest such exhibitions of the 1970s.
Los Angeles: Ray Lopez, 1977. 5.5'' x 3.75''. Original plastic-backed stapled card wrappers. Color xerox illustrated throughout. , 16,  leaves. Signed and numbered 3 of 6 by the artist in pencil to title page. Title plate to front wrapper lightly soiled, very shallow crease to rear wrapper. Else vibrant and sound.
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