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9/10

9/10

Kay Rosen 9/10 1993/2004 Letterpress print

Edition of 120
Signed, dated and numbered on verso
16 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches

(41.9 x 32.4 cm)

(Inventory #28769)

9/10, 1993/2004:
The original idea began in 1993. DU Magazine project,1993 (see text below); wall painting, “Korrespondenzen/ Correspondences,” 1994-5; Goethe Institut Newsletter cover, 1995; stairwell wall painting 18’10”x 10’9”, “Kay Rosen: Lifeli[k]e”; wall painting Dunedin Public Art Gallery “Kay Rosen: Big Talk”, 2004; wall painting “numerica”- palazzo delle papesse centro arte contempoanea, Siena, 2007.  The following text accompanied the image in DU Magazine:
Lesson 1 began with the work’s intention of discovering and analyzing new visual and linguistic systems in brief verbal fragments. Because every mark that is made on a page creates meaning, shorter constructions generally provide stricter and more rigorous limits and controls on interpretation than do longer ones. This last lesson offers a very literal scenario on the polemics of size. The dispute concerns quantity– the sum of letters/numbers per line, nine or ten, which is indicated by the final number expressed on that line. For example, N-I-N-E-N-E-I-N-1-0 does indeed contain ten figures. Each line attempts to be specific, clear, and correct in its proceedure and solution, enlisting a variety of strateges, such as reiteration, translation, and enumeration to make its case. But in spite of their insistence, the voice or voices contradict themselves and each other. Their disagreement is a consequence of expression. The subtraction or addition of each unit of meaning, each letter or number, increases or decreases the length of the argument and thus, the conclusion. Lesson 8  is a farcical and elaborate conceit about the behavior of language and its inability to be absolute, certain, and consistent. Moreover, it demonstrates how critical the smallest components are to this behavior.