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Peter Downsbrough - NOW
Artist's book.
NOW was first published as part of my exhibition at the PWSSP (today the Władysław Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts and Design) in Łódż, Poland, from 6-22 June 1986. The book was printed by silkscreen at the school's print department, as access to offset was not possible at the time. The school censor allowed us to print 49 copies “for in-school use” with the obligatory inclusion of the colophon on page 3:
Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Sztuk Plastycznych w Łodzi
Pracownia sitodruku - Maciej Nowakowski
Nakład 49 egzemplarzy
O Peter Downsbrough
State School of Fine Arts in Łodż
Silkscreen studio – Maciej Nowakowski
Printed in 49 copies
By Peter Downsbrough
Due to technical conditions only 3 copies were useable. It is now being republished in offset by Editions Incertain Sens, 2010, using the original mechanicals.”

Peter Downsbrough
The work of visual artist, photographer and film artist Peter Downsbrough (1940, New Bunswick, N.J.) has had a major impact on the perception of art.The varied work of the artist-ranging from sculpture and books to photography, video, and film-maintains a complex relationship with architecture and typography, while also drawing on the achievements of the early avant-garde (Bauhaus, De Stijl) and Minimal Art. In terms of form, the work of Downsbrough is highly rigorous and exhibits a powerful geometric sense, restricting itself primarily to the use of line, plane, negative space (cutting away), and delimitation. In addition to his spatial manipulations, the artist also has a keen interest in place, as is evidenced in his cartographical works and city photographs.
Downsbrough studied architecture and art. Around the mid-1960s, after several years of work and exploring materials, an evolution took place with resulted, in 1970, in the work with the Two Pipes (outside), Two Dowels (inside), and Two Lines (on paper). At the same time, he also started taking photographs to document these pieces. Buy taking photographs of "cuts" that already existed in the urban landscape. Some of these photographs were used in books, some appeared in magazines, but it wasn't until 1960 that they showed up in exhibitions. From 1977 on, Downsbrough realized several videos as well as audiotapes. A record was made in 1978 and released in 1982. In 1980, on the Spectacolor Board on Times Square, N.Y., he realized a piece, a 30 second spot shown once every hour for four days and documented it in a short film, "7 come 11". The work with maquettes as a means of exploring space and structure started around 1983. The first commissioned public work was a wall piece realized in Rennes, France, 1990. Today, all these disciplines occupy the field of his activities.
published in 2010
English edition
14,5 x 21 cm (softcover)
32 pages (duotone ill.)
ISBN : 978-2-914291-39-2
EAN : 9782914291392
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