Reading Guillevic on a Sunny Day
New Paltz, New York: Papyrus Productions, 2009. Edition of 100.
9 x 6"; 66 pages. Text in French. Casebound with 4.5"-wide band wrapping from inside front cover to inside back cover.
Papyrus Productions: "Based on a discarded copy of Euclidiennes by the French poet Guillevic, this book is about the experience of reading that original book. The spaces of the page spreads, lit by sunlight, are represented as an experience to examine and treasure — a new space for new emotions. As each page simultaneously reveals its front and back, the translucence and depth of space and time are made material."
Francois Deschamps: "I was given a copy of Euclidiennes, discarded by a library, but nonetheless a thing of exquisite beauty. Reading Guillevic on a Sunny Day is my book about the experience of reading that book. The collection of poems, Euclidiennes, by the french poet Guillevic uses the figures of euclidean geometry as metaphors to comment on emotions, feelings, and relationships, thereby laying bare the Cartesian duality. In my book, the spaces of the page spreads, lit by sunlight, are represented as an experience to examine and treasure — a new space for new emotions. ... The book is dedicated to my father, a mathematician and lover of geometry. He made this drawing to illustrate a hyperbolic universe where space becomes infinitely dense as one reaches the edge, thereby paradoxically creating an infinite universe in a finite space. Can a book be a hyperbolic universe?"