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In these great times / Peter Lyssiotis
Bib ID 6971231
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Lyssiotis, Peter, author, artist
Printer [Sydney] : Momento Pro
Description [Melbourne] : Masterthief, 2015 
126 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 29 cm 

This artist's book poses a total of 130 questions (collected from ephemeral printed matter over a period of six months) in an attempt to work out what these regularly asked questions tell us about the world we inhabit, and to create a (satirical) manifesto for the life we may then want to lead. The artist cut out the questions (which are both serious and silly), edited and assembled them, using colour and typography he would normally avoid, and playing homage to artists like Malevich, Mondrian, Newman, Rodchenko, El Lissitski and Albers (who knew something about squares, rectangles, and colour) and movements like the Constructivists, Futurists, de Stijl and the Abstract Expressionists (who also wrote manifestos). Foremost in the design of the book was the notion of how to make all these unfamiliar elements sing on a white page/background, while creating a codex, which after 2,500 years of history, offers no answers, only questions.-Adapted from artist's statement, October 2015.


Limited edition of 11 copies, with 3 artist's proofs.

National Library's SR copy is no. 7, numbered and signed by the artist. It is accompanied by a copy of the artist's statement.

"In These Great Times was completed in 2015. The questions have been sourced from newspapers, magazines, brochures and the advertising cargo from our letterbox. The book was printed by Momento Pro on Mohawk Superfine Smooth Ultra White 148gsm. The pre-press work was by Frixos Ioannides and the binding by Wayne Stock. The title is a steal from Karl Kraus."-Colophon.


Bible-type binding by Wayne Stock. Demy quarto. Limp black leather covers with semi yapp edges and square corners. Silver foil stamped title. Red head and tail bands and ribbon marker. Textual endpapers reprise questions from the book, with an extra question added to the rear endpaper. 

Related Material In These Great Times was developed from and is related to two other previous titles by the artist: More, More, More (2011) and The Ifs of Language (2002). 
Subjects Artists' books -- Australia.  |  Questions and answers.  |  Printed ephemera -- Australia -- Specimens.  |  Newspapers -- Australia -- Specimens.  |  Periodicals -- Australia -- Specimens.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Stock, Wayne, binder  |  Masterthief, issuing body
Also Titled

We should not be afraid to confront these great questions


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