Recounted. Nine swimming pools as swimming pools.
This book recounts Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass by Edward Ruscha in textual snapshots. The snapshots are taken from modern American literature predating 1968 (they may even be imagined to have influenced Ruscha). They can be read but they can also be looked at: the words are objects in disguise.
Recounted was made as part of the ABCED project realized by ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative in celebration of Ed Ruscha’s 75th birthday in 2012. It is available for one year only, when Ed Ruscha turns 76 (December 2013) the book will no longer be produced.
Published by Elisabeth Tonnard, September 2012, Leerdam, The Netherlands. Black and white print-on-demand book, perfect bound, 5 x 8 inches, 64 pages.
The book is available for €16 plus €2 worldwide shipping. Order here or in my webshop. See a preview here. The book is included in the collection of Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience in Antwerpen and the International Center of Photography Library (New York).
I guess maybe I woke up in a cold sweat once and just had this light bulb go off of doing a book of some sort.
This is how Ed Ruscha, in a 2004 interview, recalled the events that led him to start creating books. The books he started making half a century ago were influential for generations of artists. To honour his contribution to the artist’s book, members of ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative launched ABCED in Autumn 2012. ABCED is a multi-volume book project created on the occasion of Ed Ruscha’s 75th birthday, consisting of 33 books by 24 artists. All books are print on demand, 8 x 5 inches, softcover. Books are available individually from the artists or in a boxed set containing all 33 books (available here).