Berlin: ”greatest hits”, 2019, Mexico City: gato negro, 2019
170 X 230 mm, 96
Risography, perfect binding
In 1972, Ulises Carrión produced his first artist’s book SONNET(S) which consists of a 44 variations of a sonnet by Dante Gabriel Rosetti titled “Heart’s Compass”. Using the language as a material, Carrión writes Rossetti’s poem over and over again on a typewriter, in slightly different versions. This book today is considered Carrión’s first ‘artist’s book’, where he still uses language, but quite differently. In 2009 Michalis Pichler, in a similar approach but using a computer, mostly Word or Open Office, created 44 new variations and published a book titled POEM(S), also known as SOME MORE SONNET(S).
The republication by Gato Negro in 2019 and decided not to make a facsimile allowed for a space of play within their signature style, to consider the “specific site of publication and to explore the playing field between identity and difference between the particular materializations,” (Nick Thurston) and to engage in reproduction-as-production.
A truly post-naive work.