herman de vries

books and publications

1970
change. an essay
ed. by the author : arnhem 1970
(12 × 12 cm)
edition 33.
[les livres et les publications 11]
1971
[random structured semiotic fields, work number V71-194S]
ed. by the author : mahé 1971
20 p. (19.5 × 18.3 cm)
edition 150, numbered.
[les livres et les publications 12]
vlakvolumen
collection "20 x 20", nr. 14
edizioni amodulo : villanuova sul clisi 1971
16 p. (20 × 20 cm)
edition 1000 (100 with collage and numbered).
[les livres et les publications 13]
Also in il libro 1968-71 / texts by sarenco & de vree (edizioni amodulo : villanuova sul clisi 1972).
chance for change
multi-art press : antwerpen 1971
32 p. (30 × 30 cm)
edition 125, numbered and signed.
[les livres et les publications 14]
1972
V72-26 - semantic chance semantic change - change of semantics semantics of change chance of semantics semantics of chance
for the artist: eschenau 1972
12 p. + title page (44 × 44 cm)
edition 1.
[les livres et les publications 15]
relativ leere blätter [= relative empty sheets]
editions le cadre, helmut dudé : olten 1971
portfolio containing V71-62 a-f (blätter) + V71-67 (object) (35 × 45 cm)
edition 35, numbered and signed
More information in the Editions le Cadre Nachrichten.
[les livres et les publications 16]
random objectivations
collection autori, 1
edizioni amodulo : villanuova sul clisi 1972
222 p. (24 × 27 cm)
edition 1000.
[les livres et les publications 17]

in herman de vries' work we can witness the transition from "random" to "chance" of the beginning of the seventies. random objectivations (1972) then chance-fields = chance-felder (1973) still visually evoke the world of calculations. both books resort to mathematical tables used in natural sciences research to produce abstract configurations of shapes and colours. herman de vries had direct knowledge of these tables because, unlike most artists so inspired at the time, he was using these in the context of his work as a researcher at the institute of applied biological research in nature until l968. quite unexpectedly in this scientific context, the introduction to random objectivations describes a five-week vacation he took alone in a wild polder in holland (water, marsh, heoah and woods, tides and birds) [source Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, 'beyond language', in herman de vries. les livres & les publications (saint-yrieix-la-perche 2005) 33].

- on language - logical sentences, semantic structure fields, open semantic fields, semantic perspectiv[e]s, semantic sign, argumentstellen, semiotic structure fields, samples, tautologies, e.o.
subverse 8. tijdschrift voor een nieuwe powezie / ed. by hans clavin
ijmuiden, augustus 1972
46 p. (29.7 × 21 cm)
edition 600, numbered.
[les livres et les publications 18]
1973
chance-fields, an essay on the topology of randomness = chance-felder, ein essay über die topologie des zufalls / [postface by wolf wezel]
edition e : dinkelscherben 1973
70 p. (23.7 × 24 cm)
edition 1000 (50 signed; 10 signed and an added).
[les livres et les publications 19]

from these years of transition, chance-fields chance-felder draws the final conclusion. it represents a turning point, to which herman de vries attaches the greatest importance. [herman de vries writes in english: "the results of this research still makes me wondering after all these years." (p. 16 of an unpublished manuscript dedicated to the books that have been the most important to him)] the book holds a selection of abstract drawings accomponied by mathematical formulae that allowed a choice between a great number of other possibilities. but herman de vries writes: "in fact, it is more an essay on the endlessness of chance. the numbers that are calculated for the amount of possibilities in these pages are overastronomic." [herman de vries in a letter to the author, november 7, 1996] the very expression of 'chance-fields' originates from contemporary physics and it expresses a new concept of causality. the relation between cause and effect is no longer understood as linear, irreversible and simple, but is characterized by reciprocity (feed-back), reversibility and complexity. by bringing into question the so-called intangible principles of classical physics and metaphysics (principle of contradiction and principle of causality) the most recent science seems to acknowledge the intuitions of buddhist thought which favours a non-dualistic, non-binary unfixed understanding of nature with its infinite manifoldness and constant movement [source Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, 'beyond language', in herman de vries. les livres & les publications (saint-yrieix-la-perche 2005) 35].

look out of any window : chance & change situations
[text by herman de vries]
iac edition 35
international artist's cooperation (ed. Klaus Groh) : friedrichsfehn 1973 [reprinted in 2004]
16 p. (10.5 × 7.5 cm).
[les livres et les publications 20]
1974
the wittgenstein papers I & II
verlag artists press : bern 1974
16 p. (15 × 15 cm)
edition 25, numbered.
[les livres et les publications 21]

the wittgenstein papers I & II appeared in 1974. it consists of two square booklets with an identical number of pages. in the first, five propositions from tractatus, famous as well as dogmatic, are turned into questions, from "does the world divide into facts?" which echoes proposition 1.2: "The world divides into facts" to "what is the case?" echoing proposition 1: "the world is all that is the case". the questions, handwritten in red ink, only one per page, are followed by a page of text, also handwritten, in blue ink, and borrowed from the last lines of wittgenstein's preface to tractatus, in which the philosopher evaluates the contribution of his book. after having declared that he considers the truth of his propositions to be definitive and that he believes "to have found, on all essential points, the final solution of the problems", he then corrects this apparent assurance by adding that "the second thing in which the value of this work consists is that it shows how little is achieved when these problems are solved". as he wrote a little earlier in the text that it is "the aim of the book is to draw a limit to thought, or rather - not to thought, but to the expression of thoughts", its main result thus amounts to underlining the limits of language. this is confirmed by the last two propositions of tractatus, in which wittgenstein recommends transcending the propositions of his book in order to "see the world aright", before he concludes: "what we cannot speak about we must past over in silence" [source Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, 'beyond language', in herman de vries. les livres & les publications (saint-yrieix-la-perche 2005) 38].

gesammelte matritzendrucke 1964-1972
verlag artists press : bern 1974
40 p. (29.7 × 21 cm)
edition 100, numbered and signed.
[les livres et les publications 22]
chance & change situations V74-12
ed. by the author : eschenau 1974
11 pl. (22 × 30.9 cm)
edition 5, numbered and signed.
[les livres et les publications 23]
to be
verlag artists press : bern 1974
printed on rice paper at the sangram press, kathmandu
1 postcard (10 × 14.6 cm)
edition 200.
[les livres et les publications 24]
random spectral movements
galerie swart : amsterdam 1974
9 fol. (20 × 20 cm)
edition 7, numbered and signed.
[les livres et les publications 25]
noise
temporary travelling press publications 1.
[les livres et les publications 26]
to be all ways to be
temporary travelling press publications 2.
[les livres et les publications 27]
1975
niggenkopf - serie
verlag artists press : bern 1975
9 pl. (21 × 26 cm)
edition 25, numbered and signed.
[les livres et les publications 28]
vijf manifesten over taal – en een gedicht = fünf manifeste über sprache – und ein gedicht = five language manifests – and a poem
verlag artists press : bern 1975
30 p. (29,7 × 21 cm)
edition 185, numbered + special edition, numbered I-XV.
[les livres et les publications 29a and 29b ]

five language manifests - and a poem, appears to take on a sequence in the same genre [as on language (1972)] - CS], short texts on language in chronological order, followed by two blank pages. but this time the dried grass is taped to the last page. in truth, it is more of a supplementary page since it is in no way presented in the summary. it is the title of the book that identifies it and presents it as an addition: "- and a poem". what does this mean? a manifest reappears in this collection, first published in 1973, entitled my poetry is the world. it is the artist's most important manifest, contemplated since 1971. it is his definitive manifest, recapitulative, the one that henceforth would inspire his future work and be taken up in different ways. it says that it is not the poet who writes poetry but the world; that the poet is a poet not because he writes in a specific way, but because he is part of the world; that such poetry is therefore not limited to writing, that it is seen, read, eaten and even slept, "every day"; in short, that poetry is life itself. consequently, an element taken from nature, such as the grass in this collection, is an extract of the poetic work of the world, and hence a natural "poem" , a living poem. in the postscript we read: "'poem' is only a word, but the grass is, as all from which it is part of" [source Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, 'beyond language', in herman de vries. les livres & les publications : catalogue raisonné (centre des livres d'artistes/pays-paysage : saint-yrieix-la-perche 2005) 36].

asiatische & eschenauer texte
verlag artists press : bern 1975
16 fol. (75 × 45 cm)
edition 50, numbered.
[les livres et les publications 30]
"random shapes" v72–64, a-j
stedelijk museum : amsterdam 1975
1 fol. (folded) and an envelop containing 10 paper rectangles of different sizes (27 × 19.5 cm).
[les livres et les publications 31]
square grid complexities
edition média : neuchâtel 1975
1 + 5 pl. (69 × 69 cm)
edition 60, numbered and signed.
[les livres et les publications 32]
chance & change - documents comparative communication I-II
s.g. productions : frankfurt am main 1975
varying formats
edition 1.
[les livres et les publications 33]
eschenauer blätter
s.g. productions : frankfurt am main 1975
4 cardboards sheets (60 × 75 cm)
edition 5, signed and numbered
cover page handwritten by the artist and 3 cardboards with original collages of leaves (beech and plum tree) each with a title in dutch ('about the topography of random' - 'poem' - 'a half an hour under my plum tree'); collected and pressed by herman de vries
see also Lydia Megert Editions, Bern.
[les livres et les publications 34]
about the flood I-II-III
ed. by the author : vientianne 1975
1 postcard (9 × 14.6 cm).
[les livres et les publications 35]
1976
catalogue incomplète d’exposition complète de luang-prabang
a random sample of my visual chances, 18-1-1975
1st edition:
verlag artists press : bern 1976
36 pl. (14.7 × 21 cm)
edition 25, numbered (only 8 realised)
2n edition:
edition lydia megert : bern 1992
36 pl. (14.7 × 21 cm)
edition 25, numbered 26-50.
[les livres et les publications 36]
cover meine poesie ist die welt
galerie lydia megert : bern 1976
advertisement in the Anzeiger für die Stadt Bern n° 106, Friday 7th May 1976, p. II / 19
advertisement 11.5 × 11.3 cm; journal 49.5 × 33 cm
edition 77641, 33 numbered and signed
See also Lydia Megert Editions, Bern.
[les livres et les publications 37]
some early change projects = einige frühe änderungs projekte 1963-1967
edition lydia megert : bern 1976
7 series with a total of 34 white collages (23 × 18 cm)
edition 33, numbered and signed + 4
See also Lydia Megert Editions, Bern.
[les livres et les publications 38]
1 dm² uit "16 dm²" – een essay
magazijn publikatie n° 1 septembre 1976
[galerie magazijn] : groningen 1976
31 fol. (29.7 × 21 cm)
edition 40, numbered and signed + 10, numbered i-x.
[les livres et les publications 39]
Ο
the eschenau summer press publications 5.
[les livres et les publications 40]
1977
collected august 1977
verlag artists press : bern 1977
8 pl. + 1 p. (55.7 × 37.5 × 4.6 cm)
edition 11, numbered and signed.
[les livres et les publications 41]
[no-name or no name]
verlag artists press : bern 1977
1 pl. (51 × 33 cm)
plant sepcimen on paper, printed text, cardboard cover
edition 50, numbered, signed.
[les livres et les publications 42]
am 27 oktober 1977 im glasgraben gesammelte blätter
edition lydia megert : bern 1977
4 pl. (40 × 60 cm)
edition 17, numbered, signed and dated in pencil
portfolio containing four collages of leaves ('leaves collected on 27 of october in the glasgraben')
See also Lydia Megert Editions, Bern.
[les livres et les publications 43]
october, february, june
the eschenau summer press publications 8.
[les livres et les publications 44]
the dust of some roads & a leaf from a tree
the eschenau summer press publications 9.
[les livres et les publications 45]
lp water. the music of sound 1
Artists Press Bern, 1977
LP (33 1/3)
edition 100, numbered and signed
1. bach (6 kleine wasserfällchen in einen strom), Oberschwappach - D (10.15 min)
2. ozean I, Gubacarrigan, Clew Bay - Ire (9.40 min)
3. ozean II, Killeennabausty, Achill Island - Ire (9.08 min)
4. regen, Eschenau - D (6.36 min)
5. quelle, Fatschenbrunn - D (5.31 min)

[les livres et les publications 46]
1978
research series XXVI
Éditions Média : Neuchâtel 1978
9 serigraphs, 12 fol. (24 × 24 cm)
edition 50, numbered, signed.
[les livres et les publications 47]
[fernbook] ferns of gavdos, collected gavdos (34 50'N, 24 05'E), april 1978
ed. by the author : eschenau 1978
5 + 17 sheets (23 × 16.5 cm)
plants on paper
edition 1.
[not in les livres et les publications]
[fernbook] collected: vallée du doubs, jura. 29 10 1978
ed. by the author : eschenau 1978
16 sheets (61 × 30 × 4.4 cm)
edition 1.
[les livres et les publications 48]
postal messages
[les livres et les publications 49]
1979
16 dm2 an essay
edition lydia megert : bern 1979
493 pages (29.7 × 21 × 6,5 cm)
edition 50, signed and numbered
title and imprint handwritten by herman de vries; 2 pages with original colour photographs, 473 pages of photocopies, 1 map in heliography
See also Lydia Megert Editions, Bern.
[les livres et les publications 50]
collected in time - I & II
published by herman de vries : eschenau 1979
4 + 4 fol.
56 × 22.3 cm
edition 4, numbered, signed and dated
2 gray cardboard envelopes with a little label, each with 4 sheets with original collages of plants, one with a set of ferns, one with a set of hors tails; in cardboard slip case
See also Lydia Megert Editions, Bern.
[les livres et les publications 51]
ferns collected between sangha chölling and pemaiantse 19.2.1979
ed. by the artist : eschenau 1979
44 p. (60 × 46.5 cm)
edition 1.
[les livres et les publications 52]
the effects of the hailstorm of the end of july on our apple tree. collected 11 8 1978, eschenau
42 p. (21 × 14.7 cm).
[les livres et les publications 53]


bibliographic reference
herman de vries
les livres et les publications. catalogue raisonné

textes de herman de vries, Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, Didier Mathieu
centre des livres d'artistes
Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche 2005.