"Chickens today feathers tomorrow"
Artichoke Yink Press
Author: C.K. Wilde
The really thick pages started here. Five cigar boxes connected to one another with leather spine form the structure. The contents of each page take full advantage of the one inch depth; with the materials limited to paper (maps, cigar bands, and other ephemera) metal, glue, and string. The narrative structure and sequentiality of the book is retained, while convention is given a new (to my knowledge) precedent. Lucas Samaras's BOOK may be the first of the thick page concept( and in edition no less) books, but he was still confined by the page strata's relative depth and the presupposition of it being the surface holder of the narrative not the container of it. The sculptural and iconic contents of CanDo are strong and suggestive, and the action of turning the pages visceral in it's illustration of the cantilevering of forces caused by viewer mediation.
This book can be read at the NYPL Arents collection.
A. Y. C.
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