Books On Books Collection – Hanna Piotrowska (Dyrcz)

Homonim (2015)

Homonim (2015)
Hanna Piotrowska Dyrcz
Charcoal sketches and frottage
Digital print on Woodstock Betulla (uncoated, rough paper) from Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Indesign
16 unnumbered pages including the cover, bound and sewn by hand, H250 x W200 mm

This work’s title appears only as the headword in a definition: “Homonym: words having the same pronunciation but different meanings” (translated here from the Polish). Also the only text in the booklet, it appears flush left vertically on page six as a clue to the less clever Polish-fluent reader/viewer who has not yet attached a word to the image of the tree trunk (bal) and then the same homonymic word to the image of the plank. Having had its visual/verbal fun with those two meanings, the booklet gives the image of a single tree trunk’s cross-section on page seven to set the stage for bal’s third meaning (”ball” as in a dance or masquerade). Over the following pages, the multiple cross-sections gradually turn into a top-down view of whirling dancers who seem to emerge from the bole of the wood.

The artist has filmed the handling of the booklet, but of course, that does not capture the weight and finish of the paper nor the turning back and forward of the pages in the dance on which the words and images lead the reader/viewer. Turning word play into image play in the book form’s sequential and back-and-forth “affordances” makes Homonim a solid conceptual fit in the Books On Books Collection, and the skilful handling of charcoal and its digital transformation provide pleasure with every viewing.

2 thoughts on “Books On Books Collection – Hanna Piotrowska (Dyrcz)

  1. Robin Price 2019/12/13 / 17:45

    Thank you, Robert, for another dose of the frequent inspiration you send out. Always appreciated. Not remembering the definition of “frottage,” my online dictionary search reveals this homonym, which I couldn’t resist associating with Hanna’s book:
    frot·tage (frô-täzh′)
    n.
    1.
    a. The act of rubbing against or touching the body of an unsuspecting person, as in a crowd, to attain sexual gratification.
    b. The act of consensual rubbing between two or more people, either clothed or unclothed, to attain sexual gratification.
    2.
    a. A method of making a design by placing a piece of paper on top of an object and then rubbing over it, as with a pencil or charcoal.
    b. A design so made.
    [French, from frotter, to rub, from Old French froter.]
    . . . and I’m working on a series called Winter Inquiry which has, among other, rubbings made from the same spot on my old mill building onto each piece of paper, placed quasi-consistently, thus a printerly approach to Rub-tage.

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  2. Robin Price 2019/12/13 / 19:20

    P.S., Hanna’s book = conceptually and aesthetically delightful.

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