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Shannon Ebner Strike
Texts by Barbara Casavecchia and Alessandro Giammei.
published in April 2015
English edition
20,5 x 25,5 cm (softcover)
520 pages (ill.)
ISBN: 978-88-6749-129-2
EAN: 9788867491292
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A suite of alphabets exploring the potentiality of langage and symbols (artist's book).
Symbols abound in Shannon Ebner's work. She uses them as if they were words in a poem, emphasizing their polysemy and multiplying the number of potential meanings and interpretations. Like musical scores, her alphabets make intervals and suspensions literal and thus visible. They include the “other” (silence, non-verbal signs, misspellings, handwriting) as a presence whose meaning must be negotiated. They capitalize what is usually repressed in written language (or simply taken for granted), in order to reinstate another structure of understanding. Language is an expression of order and Ebner makes this very clear by giving each letter the weight of concrete. Strike slows down the pace of reading to its zero degree. One letter, one page. One letter, one page. A slash. An exercise in reading akin to our first decodings of the written word, when we started, as children, learning how to do things “by the book.”
Born 1971 in Englewood, New Jersey, Shannon Ebner lives and works in Los Angeles.