Softcover, 6 x 7 in.
(Vol 1. ) 92 pp. / 26 pp bw.; (Vol 2.) 77 pp. / 27 pp bw.; (Vol 3.) 60 pp / 16 pp bw.
Published by YYZBOOKS
Jessica Wyman is a curator, critic and art historian living in Toronto and teaching at OCAD University.
What are the ramifications, expectations, developments, and directions of text in visual art? What personal, social or political motivations inspire its use? What have been the conditions of its appearance, its evolution, and the climate of its reception? How does it become a limiting or liberating factor in produc- tion and interpretation? How does text function as a formal medium?
In order to address these questions, a call for essay and artwork was issued. The works that came back fell into groups of distinct themes; it was from these themes that the concept of a three-volume set arose, with each volume focusing on a specific area of concern.
This complete set ofPro Forma, volumes 1 through 3, comes bound in a handmade sleeve.
1. VOLUME ONE
Introduction: In Favour of Form, As a Matter of Form
A Few “Semiotic” Paintings of 1975, Unknown and Destroyed
John A. Walker
Syntactic Analysis (Bespoke)
Staging Language, Presenting Events, Representing History: Ian Carr-Harris, September, 1973
Templates for Walking Theatre (2000-03) and Flashlight (2005)
How to Keep Mark Making Alive: Robert Morris in Blind Time
2. VOLUME TWO
Written Iteration: Signatures and Lists
Some Thoughts on Speech Bubbles
Images As Speechless Texts: Hawthorne’s Hypotypotic Veil
3. VOLUME THREE
Making Noise with Forgotten Punctuation Marks, Spoiled Syllables, Clipped Sentences, Infected Paragraphs, and Mere Mouthing
Une Anecdote Peu Connue de la Vie etde la Pensee de Marcel Broodthaers
Paul de Guzman
On The Tower of Babel: An Annotated Translation of Genesis 11:1-9
The Trouble with Translation
Postface: words from the back, facing…
ISBN 0-920397-37-9 / 978-0-920397-37-4