Unpaginated. Oblong 8vo (128 x 179 mm.), printed wrappers. [Czech Republic: Self-published, “1970”].
Scarce artist’s book by Kocman (b. 1947), signed and dated on the title page; unrecorded in WorldCat. In the 1970s, the artist conducted countless experiments on books and the book form. Here the artist has stained the leaves with dyes to observe how the liquid spreads and colors parts of the work. The red chemical hue gradually dissipates as one nears the end.
Near fine; creasing to the spine. 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.
❧ 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…”.
Item ID: 8223