It is fitting to begin the review of a book whose argument rests on the potential for an artistic object to not just expound on, but perform as theory with the object of the text's genesis: Anne M. Royston's 2015 artist's book, The Fibrous Text. Royston cites her artist's book and its manifestation as full-length essay in the Journal of Artists' Books 38 (2015), as “seed” for her recent publication and subject of this review: Material Noise: Reading Theory as Artist's Book (2019). By synthesizing material form and content, The Fibrous Text emphasizes “connection and relation” over “depth and hierarchy” (110) to become a...
Review: Material Noise: Reading Theory as Artist's Book, by Anne M. Royston
H. R. Buechler is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher, and founder of OXBLOOD Publishing. Her work is broadly concerned with historic and contemporary communication technology, classification, and the valorization of aesthetic objects.
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H. R. Buechler; Review: Material Noise: Reading Theory as Artist's Book, by Anne M. Royston. Afterimage 1 June 2020; 47 (2): 97–103. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/aft.2020.472018
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