Pro Forma: language/text/visual art (Vol. 1), Edited by Jessica Wyman

Pro Forma: language/text/visual art (Vol. 1), Edited by Jessica Wyman

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Softcover, 6 x 7 in.

92 pp. / 26 pp bw.

Published by YYZBOOKS

Toronto, 2007.

Jessica Wyman is a curator, critic and art historian living in Toronto and teaching at OCAD University.

What are the ramifications, expectations, developments, and directions of text in visual art? What personal, social or political motivations inspire its use? What have been the conditions of its appearance, its evolution, and the climate of its reception? How does it become a limiting or liberating factor in production and interpretation? How does text function as a formal medium?

In order to address these questions, a call for essay and artwork was issued. The works that came back fell into groups of distinct themes; it was from these themes that the concept of a three-volume set arose, with each volume focusing on a specific area of concern.

A full set of Pro Forma's three volumes is available at a discounted price of $39.95.




Introduction: In Favour of Form, As a Matter of Form

Jessica Wyman

A Few "Semiotic" Paintings of 1975, Unknown and Destroyed

John A. Walker

Syntactic Analysis (Bespoke)

Michael Maranda

Staging Language, Presenting Events, Representing History: Ian Carr-Harris, September, 1973

Philip Monk

Templates for Walking Theatre (2000-03) and Flashlight (2005)

Luis Jacob

How to Keep Mark Making Alive: Robert Morris in Blind Time

Eve Meltzer



Volume 1: ISBN 0-920397-38-7 / 978-0-920397-38-1