This print is part of a suite of six silkscreened works produced for Cory Gallery in 1974. The series furthered Kostelanetz’s investigations into language, considering whether poems and stories could be composed of numerals alone. The works take the viewer through a sequence of relations within a numeric ‘world,’ which can be deduced according to a logical system as well as interpreted poetically in their visual harmonies and diffusions. Of the series Kostelanetz writes, “The relationships are all those of simple arithmetic, complexly and I hope artistically understood; it is no exaggeration to say that a five year old could understand them. Nonetheless, I consider this the most rational, most empirical art anyone had ever made, in that even after you have identified relationships acknowledged by everyone, there still remains a mystery.”
INCREMENTS has groups of four numbers whose parts add both vertically and horizontally. In the very top line, for example, 0 + 2 + 1 + 2 + 5; in the far left vertical line, 1 + 4 + 4 +4 + 6 + 19.
Richard Kostelanetz, b. 1940 is a writer, artist, critic and editor. He lives and works in New York.
Edition of 150
Signed and numbered
35.5 × 27.75 framed