herman de vries

a book is a book is a book ... (1988)

a book is a book is a book...
the form is perfect and there is not much that can be changed
we can fill it with signs of our ideas or conceptions and we can empty it of all ideas and conceptions the book remains a book
& we can destroy it
rip out the pages
fill it with glue
& close it
forever
it is closely bound with our culture & one of the oldest traditional things we can formulate react on react with
the change of a book is a cultural change & this is the chance to use this chance inside the convention
to use misuse abuse it
is our freedom
&, we will guard it

(herman de vries 1988)

source: herman de vries, 'a book is a book is a book ...', in exhibition catalogue Het boek en de kunstenaar : Ulises Carrión, Hubertus Gojowczyk, Diederick van Kleef, ... et al. (Stadsgalerij Heerlen : Heerlen 1988) 16.