The Assignment

 

Margot Ecke
Winterville, GA
Blue Tarp Press

Title: In the Gutter

Number of Copies in Edition: 50
Size: 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" x 1/4"
Number of Pages: 32

Medium: Letterpress printed and case bound

Price: $600

To purchase, please contact Laura at 23 Sandy Gallery.

The Assignment

Students are asked to visit the rare book room at the University so that they may view Walter Hamady's Gabberjab Number 6, printed by Perishable Press in 1988. In this book, Hamady pokes fun at many things- from the author\'s own seriousness to the idea that books must be bound and read in very specific ways. He announces our relationship to the book, page by page, from start to finish, creating a mocking and ironic yet poignant argument about the assumptions we make as readers engaged in the act of reading.

Using this piece as a prompt, create your own work that takes a critical look at the reader's interaction with the book. You may do this in a number of ways, ranging from an analysis of the physical structure of the book to the way we sentimentalize the reading experience.

Artist Statement

The artist''s book, In the Gutter, begins with a page spread that is unreadable. As the reader moves through the book, the text in the gutter slowly becomes pinker. On reaching the final page, the illuminated text is readable, revealing a series of explicit sexual terms.

Margot Ecke
Winterville, GA
Blue Tarp Press

Title: The Tragedy of Ophelia

Number of Copies in Edition: One-of-a-Kind
Size: 4 3/4" x 7 1/8" x 1 1/2"
Number of Pages: 90

Medium: The book was first unbound and the pages covered with red paper templates with cutout windows that reveal only Ophelia's lines. The book was then re-sewn and casebound.

Price: $1300

To purchase, please contact Laura at 23 Sandy Gallery.

The Assignment

Tim Rollins and K.O.S. has shown us that each reader can digest the same text very differently. Our personalized reading is prefaced by our unique experiences. The way a reader consumes and processes a text can reveal just as much about the reader as it does about the literary piece itself.

This assignment asks you to return to a familiar literary text and reread it, keeping in mind the specific way you are relating to the information. Are you connecting to certain characters over others? If so, why? Why did you choose the text? Are you interested in the language, the setting or the themes? Do these ideas relate to your own life in some way? Consider how your reading of the text may be different than someone else's.

Once you have reflected on how and why you approach the text, alter the reading experience so that others see it through your eyes.

 

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