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X Exercises for Kurt Johannessen
21st February 2012

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Sarah Bodman made her first artist’s book tribute to
Kurt Johannessen after Tanya Peixoto introduced her to his books at bookartbookshop.

She produced ‘An Exercise for Kurt Johannessen’ in 2010, in tribute to his book ‘Exercises’. The titles of the 100 short stories she wrote and buried for her exercise, have since been taken up by BookArtObject an international book arts group, founded in Australia by Sara Bowen, with 100 artists currently making a book using one of Sarah’s short story titles. The books will be completed over 2012

As it is now the 10th anniversary of bookartbookshop in February 2012, and the celebrations are based on theme of: x or what is to be done? Sarah asked Kurt Johannessen if she could select a further 10 (x) exercises from his artist’s book to carry out.

The result is ‘X Exercises for Kurt Johannessen’ an image only artist’s book, published as a free download, DIY self-assembly book on 21.02.2012. The exercises can be identified through reading the texts in Kurt Johannessen’s ‘Exercises’.

Sarah has made her book as a free PDF download for you to print out and assemble yourself, you will need 4 sheets of A4 paper and a stapler.

Download the PDF

Set your page set up and printer to A4 landscape, double sided print (short edge) and print the pages out.

To assemble: place the title page face down, place the next sheet on top, so that the images of the bow and arrow and the boat are face up, place the next sheet on top so that the images of the apples and the library are face up, place the last sheet on top so that the peas and the bread are face up. Fold the whole lot in half so that the book is now A5 in size with the title page facing you, and staple on the spine.

Happy Anniversary bookartbookshop and thanks to Tanya and Kurt for the inspiration.