Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

graphic novel by Rosaire Appel


"an unauthorized account"

Continuing to be intrigued by the language of abstract forms and by the possibility/ impossibility of  narrative, I found myself entrenched in this project called "An Unauthorized Account." It will have several iterations based on the same imagery. Since it is 'unauthorized' who can determine which is the definitive version? So far it exists as a commercially printed book and as a book-collage, unique piece. Eventually it will be a video and  an abstract wall-comic with gigantic speech balloons - or tiny ones. 


Friday, September 14, 2012

books full of pictographic symbols

here's a page from Warja Lavater's (also known as Warja Honegger-Lavater) book Pictograms. Warja was a Swiss artist who made accordion books. More sample pages here. An edition of her book is in print. I found out about her at gramatologia.
& here's a page from Xu Bing's Book from the Ground. From an exhibition in Shanghai. It should have been published already, but doesn't appear to be available. The site www.bookfromtheground.com isn't working, however xubing.com is.

a few years ago, I posted about Wilfried Hou Je Bek's translation of parts of The Epic of Gilgamesh into the pictograms taught to Chimpanzees & Bonobos by ape researchers. The link to the complete PDF doesn't work any more, but there's an excerpt in here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Album primo-avrilesque by Alphonse Allais

La BNF (French National Library) uploaded, in its website, gallica.fr, Alphonse Allais' Album primo-avrilesque few months ago. This book collects all "monochromes" of the french writer and member of Salon des Arts Incohérents. (You can see too inside a musical piece without note, longtime before Erwin Schulhoff and John Cage).

You can look or download the book here .

ps : Album primo-avrilesque = Album of first April. 

A Miracle


Big version here. A detail of the fresco "The Miracle of Saint Anthony" by Francisco José de Goya located at the Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida, Madrid, Spain. More information here.
Drawingsilence.com.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Playboy Centerfold


The shallow depth of field of the photo creates some interesting abstraction. I turned three pages from this pictorial into comics.
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