stained leaves. Square 4to (116 x 116 mm.), loose as issued(?). [Czech Republic: Self-published, “1970”].
Scarce book by Kocman (b. 1947), a Czech conceptual book artist; not recorded in WorldCat. In the early 1970s, the artist frequently employed planaxol to observe its interaction with the leaves of a book. Kocman’s initials and the title are rubber-stamped on the first leaf and he has signed and dated the second leaf in red ink. “149” is stamped in a corner of the second leaf.
From the preface, written by Jírí Valoch, in J | H | Kocman: Artists’ Books and Papers (1997), published by Galerie Rudolfinum Praha, p. 5–“Examining the possible forms of book as an object or conceptual book was one of Kocman’s conceptual activities in the years 1970-73. These artworks replaced the traditional notion of book by demonstrating certain visual interventions or visualized processes whose identification was aided by the author’s primary experience of communication with a book, that is the process of turning the pages and dealing with the narrative sequentiality of individual sections. Chromatographic books captured the process of individual injected pigments rising through capillary attraction…”
Fine. From the collection of Ted Purves (1964-2017), artist, professor at California College of the Arts, and editor of the anthology What We Want Is Free: Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art.
❧ J | H | Kocman: Artists’ Books and Papers (1997), no. 4 (p. 33) as “Continued Dripping Book."
Item ID: 8221