Johanna Drucker's Artist Books
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From Now


Project Statement

From Now continues the strain of my work that processes news and events through a locus of subjectivity as an organizing lens or principle. The project makes use of snippets, fragments, bits and pieces of different kinds of writing projects, most deliberately granting each autonomoy within a whole. The multiple spheres of language discourse each register in the structure and compositional mode, as well as the texture and graphic presentation of language. The "now" this is "from" is the lived and real, monstrous, grotesque, supersaturated with the noise of mass mediated culture, and yet, it is also the now of being, always, aware and present, in the midst of all that stimulation, what we are. Awareness shoots through the full world, and returns as a projection of self, that set of bounding and defining specifics that delineate a place as a profile, position, from which the world is made. So the curious codependent systems work. And language? Endlessly polyphonic, heteroglossic, multifaceted, varied in tone and vocabulary, look and sound, image and texture.

Production Narrative

The book was designed in InDesign, a first effort, switch from Quark, using Agenda, then sent to Kyle as files, output and printed offset, with a letterpress cover that KS printed. Not hard, but lots of design work.

Critical Analysis

Design Features

typographic: Agenda Light, Medium, and Bold in sizes from 10 to 24, including some italic.

graphical: The structure of layout is key, signalling different registers within the overall language of the text.

openings: Structured for color contrast and balance, to keep the pages from becoming too repetitive or dull.

Critical Discussion

A book about the way we live now. Perhaps the most serious piece of writing I've done.



Johanna Drucker

type: initiating


Kyle Schlesinger Cuneiform Press

type: initiating


location: Buffalo, New York

Publication Information

publisher: Cuneiform Press

publication: 2005-00-00

publication history: A single edition of this work was produced, this one.

Aesthetic Profile

artists' books (LCSH)

content form:
experimental text (local)

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)

inspiration: Tabloids, television, radio, the news, the world.

related works: The Current Line, Just As, Damaged Spring, are all in this vein.

other influences: Jerome McGann and Powys.

community: other Poets, always, here and distant.

Related Documents

manuscript type: texts

location: artist's archive

note: All in existence.

manuscript type: correspondence

location: artist's archive

note: Exchanges with Kyle Schlesinger, and responses from people to whom the book was sent.


Publication Information

edition type: editioned

publisher: Cuneiform Press

place: Buffalo, New York

publication: 2005-00-00

edition size: 200


horizontal: 5.5" inches closed

vertical: 8.5" inches closed

depth: .25" inches closed

Production Information

production means:
letterpress (local)
offset (local)

binding: hand sewn (local) Cover stock wrapper.

bookBlock: paper
endsheets: paper

ink (local)


format: pamphlet (AAT)

cover: Letterpress from Quark files.

color: no


pagination: paginated pp.1-47 are numbered

numbered?: numbered

signed?: signed


Written from 2002 to 2004. Edited 2003 and 2004. Laid out, sketched, re-edited, reworked, rethought in 2004-05. Finally typeset in 2005, January, by the author. / Type is Agenda in Light, Medium, Bold and in sizes from 10 to 24, with italic added. / The news is the only thing worth writing about. The rest is here for grounding, for the contrast of narrative and observed characters, extrusions of possible scenarios on which optimism might be based. / Copyright 2004 Johanna Drucker.

Related Documents

manuscript type: texts

location: artist's archive

note: As per the work, above.