Johanna Drucker's Artist Books
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Stochastic Poetics


Project Statement

This was my final letterpress printed book, created in response to events encountered on my arrival to Los Angeles in 2009. I attended a poetry reading in the chaos of an art gallery, street fair, openings, and other activities in a cultural setting in Hollywood and wondered about the status of literary work in the larger contemporary field. The through-lines examine these events, but also, the premise that poetics is stochastic in its evolution and transformation, changing according to complex conditions that cannot be predicted. The text interweaves the study of quantum theory, classical poetics, and multiple voices. The letterpress printing is also stochastic, with no single line held in the linear quadrature essential to the craft and overprinting creating unique impressions for each copy in the edition. The work is at once theoretical and documentary, parodic and serious, and unlike any other work in contemporary poetics or fine press printing. The cover was polished aluminum.



Johanna Drucker

type: initiating


Publication Information

publisher: Druckwerk and Granary

production: 2010-00-00 to 2012-00-00

publication history: Two-year production of the first and only edition, with a Blurb edition available on demand.

Aesthetic Profile

visual poetry

artists' books (LCSH)

themes: Stochastic processes, poetics, social space of aesthetics.

content form:
visual poetry

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

inspiration: A reading event in Hollywood, study of quantum theory and stochastic processes, history of poetics.

related works: Quantum, The Current Line, From A to Z.

other influences: Aristotle and chaos theory.

Related Documents

manuscript type: texts

location: Beinecke Library, Yale.

manuscript type: mockups

location: Beinecke Library, Yale.

manuscript type: other

location: Beinecke Library, Yale.