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Project Statement

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

Johanna Drucker

title note: An inexplicable title, metaphysical and suggestive, the things I love. [J. Drucker]


Johanna Drucker

type: initiating


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

birth: 1952-05-30

Publication Information

publisher: Druckwerk

publication: 1986-06-00

publication history: A single edition of this work was produced, this one. [J. Drucker]

Aesthetic Profile


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]

content form:
experimental text (local)

publication tradition:
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 Information

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.

Related Documents

manuscript type: texts

location: artist's archive

note: Some exist.