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Oh No
by Ed Ruscha

Available at Graphicstudio

2008

Artists' Books

Mixed Media

Edition Size: 230

Signed

Condition: Pristine

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Sculptural object consisting of a cloth-covered hardbound book with gilded silver edges and airbrushed text on fore-edge. Text (OH) and text (NO) are oriented in opposite directions and only visible when pages are fanned in opposite directions.

OH / NO is a fore-edge book, with printing that appears when the gilt edge is fanned one way or another. Fore-edge painting was popular in the 18th century but rarely used today. Graphicstudio research encompasses the recapture and revitalization of such technology, enabling the development of fore-edge printing. The pages of the book are blank, perhaps a commentary on the meanings we would ascribe, or fail to ascribe, to such seemingly simple words.

Closed book: 5-1/4 x 7-1/2 x 2-1/16 inches

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