jhk: planaxol edge chromatographic book. Jirí Hynek KOCMAN.

jhk: planaxol edge chromatographic book.

[75] stained leaves. Square 4to (128 x 151 mm.), self-bound. [Czech Republic: Self-published, “1970”].

Unrecorded book by Kocman (b. 1947), a Czech conceptual book artist; we could not find any listing for this in WorldCat. In the early 1970s, the artist frequently employed planaxol to observe its interaction with the leaves of a book. Kocman has signed and dated this book on the recto of the 25th leaf, and added his name a second time with a rubber-stamp, and written “no. 117.” The first leaf is detached.

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…”

In near fine condition. 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.

❧ Not in J | H | Kocman: Artists’ Books and Papers (1997).

Price: $750.00

Item ID: 8222