by J. Drucker
A wonderful, light, demonstration of a conceptual principle, this little book excerpts only the header words from a series of pages in the Heath's German Dictionary. The poetic work thus produced has the random feel of a found poem in Dada spirit, but it preserves the alphabetic structure of the dictionary. The combination of arbitray and ordered aspects makes it a work that produces an insight into the arbitrariness of ordering and classification systems, even as it is an homage to their usefulness.
Cafe Charivari Charlatan Chrom
active: United States
publisher: Poltroon Press
publication history: This work was published by Poltroon Press, which Alastair Johnston co-founded, in 1975. [A. Schutte]
artists' books (LCSH)
appropriated text (local) Uses the page headings from the 1906 Heath's German Dictionary.
artists' book (local)
inspiration: [A. Schutte]
related works: The work of David Bunn, and also Robert Morris's Index Card works, as well as other conceptual pieces from the late 1960s and early 1970s, have a related attitude. This work reads well within that frame of reference, as well as in relation to other books that reflect self-consciously on the codex -- such as some of Walter Hammady's Gabberjabs. [J.Drucker]