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Production Narrative

by J. Drucker

From _The Century of Artists' Books_: Voss's book consists of a cover sheet. Both the outside and inside of this sheet are printed and then it is folded to form a basic pamphlet. The outside title and colophon are printed (on front and back respectively) in grey ink. On the inside of the cover sheet is a scene. On the left page is a person waiting at a bus stop by the side of the road; on the right side there is a bus arriving. Into the spine fold of this sheet any number of copies of a second sheet can be inserted. On this second sheet there are only images of the road, always the same road, an empty swath of grey asphalt through a field of green grass below a bright blue sky. Printed in three colors, black, yellow, and blue, the image is quite simple and the edge of the road is designed to line up with the bit of road on the inside front cover. (262-63)

Critical Analysis

by J. Drucker

Design Features

typographic:

imagery:

graphical:

openings:

turnings:

development:

sequence:

textual:

structure:

conceptual:

intratextual:

scultpural features:

temporal features:

other features:

Critical Discussion

Detailed Analysis

General Comments

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Critical Analysis

by E. Rettberg

Design Features

imagery: The same road, ground, and sky are on each page, emphasizing the monotony of waiting. Interestingly, if the reader removes all the center pages, the bus appears to be arriving; if center pages are inserted, the initial impression is that the bus is departing (though closer analysis reveals a driver who, if leaving, is facing in the wrong direction--never an advisable driving habit).

openings: The spreads are carefully constructed so the road images line up.

turnings: The reader's turning is the waiter's waiting, since the act of revealing ever more monotonous roadway transfers the passenger's wait to the reader.

development:

sequence: The book's arbitrary length depends on a sequence of repeated images.

textual:

Wartelist

Agents

Jan Voss

type: initiating

role:
artist
designer


Publication Information

edition type: editioned

publisher: Eigendruck im Selbstuerlag

place: Amsterdam

dates:
publication: 1984-00-00

edition size: Unknown

note: []

Measurements

horizontal: 6 inches closed

vertical: 8.5 inches closed

Production Information

production means:
unknown

binding: loose leaf (AAT)

binding: other A simple fold.

substrate:
bookBlock: paper

media:
ink (local)

other materials: none

Appearance

general description: A slender, all-paper, unbound volume.

format: codex (AAT)

cover: Understated, hand-drawn titles and colophon printed in shades of grey.

color: yes printed in black, yellow, and blue

devices: none

Content

pagination: unpaginated As many pages as have been purchased.

numbered?: unnumbered

signed?: unsigned

Colophon

Eigendruck im Selbstuerlag, Amsterdam, 1984