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Production Narrative

by J. Drucker

Extracting the text and setting the type were fairly straightforward procedures. I think I edited the text down, eliminating extra "the" "and" and other small words that repeated, but other than that, I tried to be fairly faithful to the method. The text blocks were small, and setting was quick. The images took forever. I remember this was to be sent out as a New Year's greeting. I worked all through the winter school break, and the pages were still requiring attention well into January. But if you figure that the first mark had to appear on all of the 12 pages in all of the nearly 90 copies, and the second had to appear on 11 pages of all 90 and so forth down through the final pages, you can quickly do the math and understand why it took so long, though the images look very ephemeral. Gluing and folding the pages, putting them into envelopes to ship (as a binding), was easy.

Critical Analysis

by J. Drucker

Design Features

typographic: Stymie light, clean and very delicate on the page, well-suited to the images.

imagery: Meant as an image of dynamics, events, a mere trace of activity rather than a form.

graphical: The page layouts were spare and delicate, making text and image each appear very directly, without any frames, headers, footers, or other apparatus.

development: The images develop as they accrete marks, building to a distinctly developed state. Because they are event traces, they could go on indefinitely.

Tongues: a parent language


Johanna Drucker

type: initiating


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

birth: 1952-05-30

Publication Information

edition type: editioned

publisher: Druckwerk

place: Oakland, California

publication: 1982-00-00

edition size: 90

note: All printing, texts and images, was done in the studio at the warehouse. [J. Drucker]


horizontal: 4.25 inches closed

vertical: 9 inches closed

depth: .1 inches closed

Production Information

production means:
letterpress (local)
painting (local)

binding: other Unbound--accordian fold.

bookBlock: paper
endsheets: paper

ink (local)
watercolor (local)


format: accordion (AAT)

cover: This book has no cover, per say. The title appears on the top fold of the work, so that it appears on the front, and the last fold, which appears on the back contains the copy number and artist's initials.

color: yes


pagination: unpaginated 12 pages

numbered?: numbered

signed?: signed



Exhibition Information

exhibition history: An eletronic version of this text was used in a tribute to Jackson MacLow in 2005.

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