Johanna Drucker's Artist Books
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Diagrammatic Writing


Project Statement

A completely self-referential work of graphical exegesis in which the language of the text only describes itself, its position, and its performative activity within the space of a book. Written while I was a fellow for one-week at Banff, a fascinating and beautiful place, with nothing else required but to do the work, interact with other residents, and present a few times. This rare luxury of concentrated time gave me the opportunity to write this work from start to finish in that week, though I had been thinking about the project and it had gestated for some time. Freek Lomme was kind enough to publish the book and keep it in print through his own transitions from Onomatopée to Set Margins Publications.



Johanna Drucker

type: initiating


Publication Information

publisher: Onomatopée (2014), Set Margins (2020)

production: 2014-08-30

publication history: The Dutch conceptual art book publisher, Onomatopée, in Eindhoven, directed by Freek Lomme, was the first publisher. Lomme went on to found Set Margins and re-issused the book.

Aesthetic Profile

conceptual (AAT)

artists' books (LCSH)

themes: Self-referential work.

content form:

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)
formatted book (local)

inspiration: graphic design and diagrams.

related works: Experience of the Medium (for self-referentiality), Graphesis, The Visible Word.

other influences: Texts on paratexts.

Related Documents

manuscript type: texts

location: Beinecke Library, Yale.

manuscript type: mockups

location: Beinecke Library, Yale.

manuscript type: other

location: Beinecke Library, Yale.