by J. Drucker
This book was conceived as a typographic fugue, a work in which each new graphic theme was taken up, played with, and incorporated into those preceding. The book was inspired in part by the absolutely beautiful Caslon type we had acquired at UC Berkeley for use in the Architecture School, Visual Studies studio. The text is a polemic against the limits of language as the defining boundary of experience or sentience. The book was done in the final months in which I was in Berkeley, finished as I finished my Ph.D. work in Ecriture, and as I completed the work on my dissertation on avant-garde and experimental typography.The point of the project was to use material means, typographic possibilities, to proliferate meaning within a single text.
Through Light and the Alphabet
title note: An inexplicable title, metaphysical and suggestive, the things I love. [J. Drucker]
born: United States
active: United States
citizenship: United States
publication history: A single edition of this work was produced, this one. [J. Drucker]
artists' books (LCSH)
themes: The pleasure of language as matter and metalanguage, as metaphysical and material, as stuff and substance, image and form. [J. Drucker]
experimental text (local)
artists' book (local)
inspiration: This project is so sui generis that it would be impossible to trace it to any inspiration. Really. [J. Drucker]
related works: [J. Drucker]
other influences: [J. Drucker]
community: other [J. Drucker]
exhibition history: Only in larger exhibitions of my books.
reception history: Precious little, but then, the edition size was miniscule, distribution was to friends and colleagues on my way out of Berkeley, and the work has barely been seen.
manuscript type: texts
location: artist's archive
note: Some exist.