by J. Drucker
This book was conceived in summer 1979 after a visit with my brother in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The book is structured as a sample book, so that only the edge of each page is originally revealed. Lifting each flap reveals yet more intimate and interior thoughts, and flipping the pages up to see the text on the underside goes yet farther into private thought. While I was intent on using the multi-level structure to create various stages of exposure, they also organized the text into different tones and registers. Mine was as much the private zone being protected here as his. The writing was descriptive, but cryptic
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born: United States
active: United States
citizenship: United States
publication history: One edition only, though the cover stock varied somewhat throughout, and a few copies had color xerox versions of the portrait, instead of the original printed and painted one. [J. Drucker]
artists' books (LCSH)
themes: My brother and his conflicts and difficulties. [J. Drucker]
experimental text (local)
artists' book (local)
inspiration: Sample books. [J. Drucker]
related works: Nothing else in my book works deals with family members or dynamics, but many manuscripts and other writings do. [J.Drucker]
other influences: The cover image harks back to photographs of my brother as an infant. [J. Drucker]
community: other The book arts community in the Bay Area, just as intended audience. [J. Drucker]
exhibition history: Only in the context of larger exhibitions of my books.
reception history: None that I know of.
manuscript type: texts
note: None remain that I know of.