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The Resource Execution : the book, Ken Campbell

Execution : the book, Ken Campbell

Label
Execution : the book
Title
Execution
Title remainder
the book
Statement of responsibility
Ken Campbell
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Artist's book by the English book artist Ken Campbell, in which he explores the relationship of the book and the body/personal identity.
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
N7433.4.C36
LC item number
E94 1990
Literary form
non fiction
Summary expansion
According to the artist, "Execution" documents the execution of the book structure in its dismantling of the grid on each page. The grid is a layout device of vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines, used innovatively by the contemporary German typographer, Jan Tschichold, to divide up the space of a page in order to determine proper proportion and placement of images and text on the page. The elements of the grid are made from steel plate progressively cut, etched, and ground to hasten their dismemberment and decay. As Campbell goes on to explain, "The double-page spread is like two halves of a head, and there is a notion running through the book of a wolfman revealed....a Jungian notion ... that there are two people looking out of any one face. Once again, the book spread is used as an arena for corporeal display. The diagram [grid] is progressively destroyed through the book to reveal a cracked black mirror, which is the mirror in which one half looks at the other. Rectilinear wood blocks and heavy lead rules make up an abstract of the page described by the angular diagram....[the manipulation and movement of the rules] sometimes suggesting lines of type, and sometimes the ribs of a corpse. Three faces, printed letterpress from etched plates, appear throughout the book. They represent three ages in search of a persona, and are accompanied by the figure of a sprite or demon, who apparently converses with his own shadow. Lead blocks are deployed to represent the Egyptian crocodile god Zebek, god of justice; and when doubled, two halves of a face. "Execution" abandons narrative form to use its text as prompts to the drama in the printmaking....In its assault on the book structure, it supplies the means of its own demise."
Label
Execution : the book, Ken Campbell
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • In verse
  • Title from p. [12]-[13]; production date from p. [11]
  • Pages printed in polychrome letterpress and handwork on 280 gsm T.H. Saunders paper
  • Illustrations on lining papers
  • Issued in a limited edition of 40 copies
  • Bound in paper over boards, with grid design printed in metallic gray and pewter; black leather spine; in matching black printed and hand-painted slipcase
Dimensions
39 cm.
Extent
[74] pages
Lccn
92106488
Note
Spec. Coll. copy, number 32 of 40 copies, is numbered in pencil "32/39", and signed and dated by the artist on rear pastedown. Purchase, Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, 2011.
Other physical details
chiefly colored illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25015400
  • ucoclc25015400
Label
Execution : the book, Ken Campbell
Publication
Note
  • In verse
  • Title from p. [12]-[13]; production date from p. [11]
  • Pages printed in polychrome letterpress and handwork on 280 gsm T.H. Saunders paper
  • Illustrations on lining papers
  • Issued in a limited edition of 40 copies
  • Bound in paper over boards, with grid design printed in metallic gray and pewter; black leather spine; in matching black printed and hand-painted slipcase
Dimensions
39 cm.
Extent
[74] pages
Lccn
92106488
Note
Spec. Coll. copy, number 32 of 40 copies, is numbered in pencil "32/39", and signed and dated by the artist on rear pastedown. Purchase, Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, 2011.
Other physical details
chiefly colored illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25015400
  • ucoclc25015400

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