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Item date(s): 1987

Claire Van Vliet  - (book artist)
Sandra McPherson  - (poem by)
Susan Johanknecht

Pages: unpaged
Size: 246mm
Inscription: Signed and dated '04.
Edition: One of 50 copies

Sub-type: Private press

Place publication: London & Vermont
Publisher: Gefn Press
Cat. 59
Exhibition 1996

Additional notes:
Printed and bound at the Janus Press in Vermont and the constructions were made at the Gefn Press in London. Signed by the poet. Folded sheet on sculptural binding in clam-shell box.

The book consists of a paper construction representing Adam's rib. The base of this sculptural construction is attached to an accordion-folded strip on which the text of the book is printed. It fits precisely into a linen box which contains transparent black fabric intended to cover the rib in a black haze.

Illustrated in Text as Inspiration: Artists' Books and Literature, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, 2011.

Sims Reed Ltd. Catalogue. 12-14 April 2019. Grand Palais, Paris.

Item 49. JOHANKNECHT, Susan. McPherson, Sandra. Eve. London / Vermont. Gefn Press. 1987. Boxed poem-object. (247 x 750 x 140 mm). McPherson's poem 'Eve' printed in grey on an accordion-folded cream-coloured sheet attached to the base of a paper hanging construction of the same colour by Susan Johanknecht, both wrapped in sheer black fabric; two loose pieces of paper-covered card with printed publication details to inner lid and base of box. Original publisher's cream linen box with 'Eve' printed in silver to the long edge. A highly original collaborative poem-construction, Eve. This is one of 50 copies, signed by McPherson in pencil at the foot of the poem. McPherson's poem had previously appeared in the American Poetry Review before being transformed, with Johanknecht's original hanging construction, into this unique and beautifully conceived poem-object. Susan Johanknecht is an artist and founder of the Gefn Press. €750

Exhibition notes:
Item 59 on Artists' Books in the Ginsberg Collection, with some South African Books from Other Collections.

Johannesburg Art Gallery

25 August to 27 October 1996

Ref: GB/4298

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