Johanna Drucker's Artist Books
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Graphical Investigations


Project Statement

The overall project here is an ongoing study of various processes, natural, cultural, and phenomenological, through the use of graphical means (drawings of events, particles, fragments, and the aesthetics of decay, etc.). This has been a concern since the 1970s. The editioned work is a catalogue to accompany an exhibition and contains representative images from all of these various series created over more than three decades.

Production Narrative

Scans of watercolors and drawings, placed into InDesign, texts added for description and gloss, printed on the Epson, gathered into a signature and bound.

Critical Analysis

Design Features

typographic: Agenda used throughout.

imagery: Watercolors and drawings reproduced fairly well in the inkjet.

graphical: Simple text and image juxtapositions.

Critical Discussion

This is clearly an exhibition catalogue, simply produced, modest in format.



Johanna Drucker

type: initiating


Publication Information

publisher: Druckwerk

publication: 2005-12-01

publication history: Single edition created to accompany an exhibition in Charlottesville.

Aesthetic Profile

conceptual (AAT)

ecological Art (AAT)

themes: Nature drawing and scientific illustration.

content form:
drawings and pictures

publication tradition:
catalogue (AAT)

inspiration: The work is inspired by nature illustration and scientific drawing, but the book is simply an exhibition catalogue.

related works: Experience of the Medium, Damaged Nature, Events/Particles, Subjective Meteorology

other influences: Nature illustrations of various kinds.

Related Documents

manuscript type: texts

location: artist's archive

manuscript type: other

location: artist's archive drawings and paintings


Publication Information

edition type: editioned

publisher: Druckwerk

place: Charlottesville

publication: 2005-12-01

edition size: unknown

note: Not sure how many of these were produced.


horizontal: 7 inches closed

vertical: 8 1/2 inches closed

Production Information

production means:
inkjet (AAT)

binding: smyth sewing (AAT) Pamphlet stitch

bookBlock: paper Mohawk superfine



general description: A modest pamphlet, without cover, almost looks like it is a text block that escaped from its binding.

format: pamphlet (AAT)

cover: Mohawk superfine, self-cover.

color: yes inkjet from scans


pagination: unpaginated 32

numbered?: unnumbered

signed?: signed


Produced in conjuction with an exhibition at the Off Grounds Gallery in December 2005, sponsored by the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia.

Related Documents

manuscript type: mockups

location: artist's archive

note: These are all saved, including misprint pages.