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In "The Century of Artists' Books," Johanna Drucker describes the work: "Printed on dark blue paper the book consists of a series of images of a black dog making a huge white bark. The 'bark' moves through the blue field of the paper, a searchlight making itself 'heard' through the vibrant contrast of tone. At the end the poor dog has barked itself out and lies on its back, mouth open, teeth extended into a final long white bark. The repeated sequence of the dog and the barks and the visual tone of the verbal outcry have the force of a full realized set of symbols. There is no question that we can 'hear' the dog's bark because of the contrast in the paper and ink and that Van Horn has maximized the effect of minimal printing means" (p. 204).

Black Dog White Bark

Erica Van Horn

title note: The title is quite literal. [J.Drucker]

Agents

Erica Van Horn

type: initiating

role:
artist
binder

nationality:
born: US

location:

note: []


Louis Asekoff

type: other

role:
calligrapher

location:


Brad Freeman

type: other

role:
printer


Publication Information

publisher: Visual Studies Workshop Press

dates:
publication: 1987-00-00

publication history: []

Aesthetic Profile

movement:

subject:
artists' books (LCSH)

themes: Crying out, exhaustion, desire to be heard/recognized [S.Muradi]

themes: Could be read as a dog simply doing its dog thing until it is worn out. [J.Drucker]

content form:
visual narrative (local)

publication tradition:
illustrated book (local)

inspiration: []

related works: []

other influences: []

community: workshop Visual Studies Workshop Press. [.Drucker]

note: []

Exhibition Information

exhibition history:

reception history: Discussed on "The Century of Artists' Books" by Johanna Drucker.

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