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Campbell, Ken, 1939–2022
Horse / by Ken Campbell.
[Oxford, England] : K. Campbell, 1985.
Physical Description:
[78] p. ; 35 x 35 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
N7433.4.C35 H67 1985+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
BAC: British Art Center copy is no. [8] of 25 copies printed in various shades of orange and blue-black on T.H. Saunders paper from sans serif wood type and rules. Signed by artist.
"I found an interesting Sanskrit song, and I turned it into a poem of my own, where I played with a central spine like the spine of a horse looking down on it. Each part of the body of the horse is related to different parts of the universe, like its piss is rain its bones are the stars, and so on. I reworked the song into a kind of concrete poem, trying to make the centre like a spine so it ranged left and right, and I alternated the parts of the horse and the parts of the universe, to make them more rythmic....I decided to convert the poem into a book; it was the first book that I printed on my own press [a Vandercook proofing press]....By spinning the paper round in a peculiar way, I found the logic of the book. Instead of just having the book proceed line by line from left to right from beginnning to end, the book also [reads] from end to beginning, line by line, and I let it cross over in the middle, producing the wonderful middle spread-bone/star, star/bone. And it struck me rather like 'AbaB'; it was a very concrete piece of poetry.
Edition of 25. Printed letterpress from wood type and 2 pica rules "worked and turned" in variations of orange and blue-black. Orange and blue cloth binding, in black cloth slipcase.
Two blank leaves, not counted in collation (conjugate with pastedowns), follow p. [4] and [74].
Original archival material related to this work is available in the collections of the Yale Center for British Art, Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts (Ken Campbell Collection, MSS 25).
Word returned: artist books by Ken Campbell, 6
Each of the pages contains 2 unconnected words, printed in large upper-case letters in red-orange and dark blue, framed by lines made up of the same colors. The title pages and endpapers feature similar lines, fewer in number, and in more muted colors.
Subject Terms:
Artists' books -- Great Britain.
Campbell, Ken, 1939- -- Publisher.
Oxford (England) -- Imprints -- Specimens -- 1985.
Artists' books -- Great Britain.

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