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JOHN CAGE AND WILLIAM GEDNEY »IRIS GARDEN« – selected by JASON FULFORD

»I’ve often considered designing an unbound book, but the concept and content have never quite matched up. I usually end up concluding that an editor’s choice of sequence is better than a random shuffled order. iris garden, a book by Little Brown Mushroom that combines short texts by John Cage and photographs by William Gedney, is the first example of an unbound book that I can fully get behind. The texts were selected from Cage’s series Indeterminacy, which were originally intended to be presented in an unplanned way. Cage felt that everything in the world is related. He welcomed chance, and wanted that complexity to come out in the reading. William Gedney and John Cage were friends, or at least acquaintances, and a selection of his pictures from various periods of his life and travels, including a few portraits of Cage himself, is shuffled into the texts in this book. As you live with the book and change the order of pages around, new associations between text and image emerge. Design and content work together. Alec Soth made the selections, relying on instinct and chance like a mushroom hunter. Hans Seeger designed the book. It’s pretty close to perfect.«

JASON FULFORD
PHOTOGRAPHER AND PUBLISHER OF J&L BOOKS
ATLANTA NY

JOHN CAGE AND WILLIAM GEDNEY
»IRIS GARDEN«
EDITED BY ALEC SOTH
PUBLISHER: LITTLE BROWN MUSHROOM, ST. PAUL (MINNESOTA) 2013
TEXT: JOHN CAGE
DESIGN: HANS SEEGER
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
FORMAT: UNBOUND SHEETS IN SOFTCOVER WITH WRAPS, ILLUSTRATED SLIPCASE, 24.4 × 17.4 CM, CA. 63 PAGES
REPRODUCTIONS: 44 (B/W)
PRINT RUN: 1.000
ISBN: 978-0-9839990-3-4

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