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Project Statement

by J. Drucker

This project was conceived as a set of combinatoric elements for production of weird narratives. The blunt, declarative sentences and the highly iconic images were meant to comprise semantic units. The difficulty is that no momentum could be created as a result of stringing them together in sequence. They remain beads on a string, oddly self-contained. That property, combined with the all-out oblique weirdness of their content, made the project somewhat obscure in terms of that original conception.

It Happens Pretty Fast

Johanna Drucker


Johanna Drucker

type: initiating


born: United States
active: United States
citizenship: United States

birth: 1952-05-30

Publication Information

publisher: self-published

publication: 1982-00-00

publication history: Barely "published" in any sense. A limited number of these sets were made. [J. Drucker]

Aesthetic Profile


artists' books (LCSH)

themes: The juxtaposition of short out-of-context-phrases with images that contrast ironically with the text. [A. Pratt]

content form:
experimental text (local)

publication tradition:
conceptual (local)

inspiration: Combinatoric works, such as cut/slit books for children. [J. Drucker]

related works: Drucker, "Sample Dialog" [A. Pratt]

related works: In drawing terms, and sensibility, this is close to Just As. [J. Drucker]

other influences: I suppose Edward Gorey and Gary Larson, but only remotely. [J. Drucker]

note: This work is a stack of paper cards. [A. Schutte]

Related Documents

manuscript type: mockups

location: artist's archive

note: The boards are still in existence in the artist's collection. Not sure what adhesive was used to make them, however, so they may be stained. I haven't looked at them in years. [JD, 2005]

General Comments

This project was conceived as a way to keep working on a project by designing it as a set of small, modular elements that could be done in an ongoing way and accrete into a final work. "It Happens Pretty Fast" is the phrase on the card with a picture of the front end of a car on a road with a dotted center line. [J. Drucker]