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untitled (yellow, blue, red )

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)
    Gloucestershire (made)
    Prinknash (made)

  • Date:

    24/06/1963 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Houédard, Dom Sylvester, born 1924 - died 1992 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Typescript on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired from The Lisson Gallery, London in 1971.

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.52-1971

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 311

Dom Sylvester Houédard was a Benedictine monk and eminent theologian, but also a pioneer, in Britain, of concrete poetry, a poetic form in which the arrangement of words and letters in a pattern on the page relates to the meaning or emotional impact of the poem. Using concrete poetry as a kind of springboard Houédard developed a way of making more purely abstract or pictorial images with the typewriter keys. He wrote that "During 1945 I realised the typewriter's control of verticals and horizontals, balancing its mechanism for release from its own imposed grid, (and) offered possibilities that suggested (I was in India at the time) the grading of Islamic calligraphy from cursive (naskhi) writing through cufic to the abstract formal arabesque, that 'wise modulation between being and not being'”.
This is one of a number of so-called typestracts by Houédard in the museum’s collection. Some contain a legible arrangement of words, others are abstract, often resembling the drawings of the Russian Constructivists.

Physical description

Image typed onto a sheet of thin paper in turn pasted to a card. Overall is a pattern of narrowly spaced horizontal lines which appear to be made of glue stains. Over this, the words yellow, blue, red and jaune, bleu, rouge, are typed vertically or horizontally, and interlocked, as if part of a crossword, with the English words on the left and the French on the right

Place of Origin

UK (made)
Gloucestershire (made)
Prinknash (made)

Date

24/06/1963 (made)

Artist/maker

Houédard, Dom Sylvester, born 1924 - died 1992 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Typescript on paper

Marks and inscriptions

dsh 240663/ yellow blue red/ jaune bleu rouge/ (english translation by the author)
Lettered at top of sheet with with the artist's initials and date, with the words arranged as if they were in a crossword puzzle below, the English words on the left, the French on the right. The words 'english translation' etc, below these words.

Dimensions

Height: 13.9 cm sheet, Width: 20.9 cm sheet

Descriptive line

By Dom Sylvester Houédard: colour poem by the translation series, typewriter 'drawing', 1963

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1971

Production Note

Attribution note: All Houédard's typewriter 'drawings' from 1950-1970 were made using an Olivetti Lettera 22 typewriter.

Materials

Paper; Typewriter

Techniques

Typewriter

Subjects depicted

Poetry

Categories

Prints; Computer Art

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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