July 11, 2010

M. Kasper’s new Artist book, Open Book, Ugly Duckling Presse

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M. Kasper, Open-Book

Ugly Duckling Presse, June 2010

M. Kasper, Open-Book, 2010

M. Kasper, Open-Book, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010
Book Cover Courtesy the artist and Ugly Duckling Presse

About the book

Open-Book, An Illustrated Essay, is an accordion-fold of eleven five-line observations on an ancient mode of abstract art, a sublime aspect of authority, known as marble revetment. The texts in Open-Book float on reproductions of marble simulations originally made using photo-manipulation software—anyone can do it, beginning with simple stroke-and-fill drawings, then filtering and re-filtering, as many as dozens of times, letting so-called nature take its course.

About the author

M. Kasper’s books, all of which mix words and pictures, include Border Crossing (1973), Chinese-English Sentence Cards (1979), Twenty Trial Briefs (1981), Billy! Turn Down that TV! (1983), Verbo-Visuals (1985), Plans for the Night (1987), All Cotton Briefs (1985; 1992), Iconoclasm in Pontus (1999), and The Shapes and Spacing of the Letters (1995; 2004). There are also a few translations: Saint Ghetto of the Loans, by Gabriel Pomerand (with Bhamati Viswanathan, UDP 2006), The Development of Aerial Militarism, and The Demobilization of European Ground Forces, Fortresses and Naval Fleets, by Paul Scheerbart (UDP 2007), ‘Correspondance’: The Birth of Belgian Surrealism (with Jan Baetens, forthcoming). M. Kasper was born in the Bronx (1947), lived overseas for some years, and for the last many has been in western Massachusetts, in a little city that "holds hands with rural enchantment."

M. Kasper
Open-Book
Ugly Duckling Presse

Artist Book | $14
Accordian Fold 12pp.
Hand-printed and bound
Release Date: June 15, 2010
Distribution: Direct-only > Ugly Duckling Presse’s web site: www.uglyducklingpresse.org

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