Black & white illus. throughout.  pp., 1 leaf of colophon. Small 4to, orig. printed wrappers, title on spine. Rochester: Visual Studies Workshop, 1987.
One of Carrión’s final editioned artist’s books, one of 200 copies printed at the Visual Studies Workshop Press. Carrión (1941-89) was selected for the VSW’s artist-in-residence program in the spring of 1987 and this was the fruit of his time in Rochester. The book is now rather scarce.
“In For Fans and Scholars Alike, Ulises Carrión composed pages which are organized in graphic terms but do not contain any specific verbal or visual messages. The text blocks on these pages are tightly laid out, shaped around the opening of image elements so that they make frames, windows, and spaces for those images in the exact manner of magazine or book layouts. But these blocks are composed entirely of the letter ‘i,’ with ‘headlines’ made of brackets in bold and semibold weights…At the other end of Carrión’s spectrum, these images are snippets of leaves, or of wrinkled cloth, architectural fragments, or washes suggesting sky, water, or ground. The cover is a simple grey paper wrapper, with the same pattern of ‘i’s as in the interior. The format of the pages changes from double to single to triple columns and back again…The book displays a self-conscious level of organization as a structural feature of a work, not necessarily tied to the production of meaning in the pedestrian sense…”–Drucker (see below).
A fine copy. From the collection of Guy Schraenen (1941-2018), friend and creative partner to Carrión and the foremost chronicler of Carrión’s life and works through the exhibitions “We have won! Haven’t we?” (1992) and Dear reader. Don’t read. (2016).
❧ Juan J. Agius & Ricardo Ocampo, eds., Ulises Carrión: Books & More, Catalogue Raisonné (2013) 21.
J. Lyons, ed., Artists’ Books: Visual Studies Workshop Press 1971-2008 (2009), p. 31.
J. Drucker, The Century of Artists’ Books (2017 ed.), pp. 163-64.
Item ID: 8321