Alex Selenitsch – artist’s book – =(equals) (2001)
Australia born Germany 1946 

=(equals) (2001)
equals as concrete poetry

From introduction, which quotes eekal by TT,O:
“By exploiting the aural materiality of a sign, this poem by π.o. offers an image of the relationship of the migrant to a host culture. Despite an unequal struggle with the way the word is said, the question at the end of the poem re-defines the struggle. In the same spirit, the following works exploit the graphic materiality of the word as a sign, and are images of the same re-defining question…”
The equal sign abounds through out. On some pages the signs appear to be really equal while on others they become unruly and challenge one another. The poem culminates in a black and white photograph of 26 turpentine blocks laid out across an area of land. We do not know their size but they look big. The blocks are placed in two parallel rows reflecting the equal sign but with disruptive blocks here and there. The last two blocks, however, form a perfect equal sign. = signs photocopied-enlarged and hand-cut-and-pasted. An ‘equals 99’ bookmark inserted. 21.5 x 21.5cm. Original cover hand-set and printed by John Ryrie. Editions of 26 (the alphabet: A to Z with five proofs marked a e i o u). This copy an over-run with a unique cover. Initialed AS and dated June 01.
The artist.

Ref:
Grahame, N (ed.) 2015, Une historie du livre d’artists australien, numero uno publications, grahame galleries + editions. p. 47 (illustrated p. 46).

Collection: Centre for the Artist Book, grahame galleries + editions