Chapter 11. Artists' Books as Conceptual Space
Willem Boshoff’s Bangboek (Cat: 169) is an unreadable encrypted text, yet ironically, one of the few books on the exhibition that is entirely open allowing the whole book to be read. Boshoff thus subverts both the issues of temporality and of reading in a book. The conceptual nature of artists' books is broad and is approached in intriguingly different ways. The space of the book as a container for content is exploited wryly by Steven Bernstein in Strip Poker (Cat: 51) as the wine bottle becomes the container of a text. In some instances, the work exists only as a result of the book form or container.