The Green of This Notebook.
Photographs by John Divola.
Nazraeli Press, Portland, 2008. 44 pp., 41 illustrations., 8x10".
John Divola’s The Green of this Notebook is an artist’s book based
on Jean-Paul Sartre’s Being and Nothingness in which Sartre
attempted, in the abstract, to define the essential character of existence
– and in doing so, repeatedly referred to visual illustrations.
In The Green of this Notebook, Divola presents a series of related
double pages. The images on the left are pages from Satre’s book
with the visual references highlighted. On the right are photographs
that have been made to correspond to the reference. The
book opens with the highlighted text “I am on a narrow path–
without a guard rail–which goes along a precipice.” with Divola’s
corresponding photograph opposite. The literal relationship of
image/text combinations continues through out the book, ending
with “If I eat pink cake, the taste of it is pink.” Since 1975, John
Divola’s work has been featured in more than fifty solo exhibitions
in the United States, Japan, Europe, Mexico, and Australia and
is included in such collections as The Museum of Modern Art,
New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Centre
Pompidou, Paris; and the Victoria and Albert Museu, London.
The Green of this Notebook is limited to 500 numbered copies.
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