Words Make the Infinite Finite, an accordion book released in 2008 by Swiss book artist Romano Haenni (or Hänni). A small and lovely volume that we came across at a book fair in our eternal hunt for Warja Lavater editions. Discovering a second Swiss designer of graphically striking, geometrically informed, wordless accordion books gave me pause. In fact, I haven’t quite reconciled this. Regardless, it’s thoroughly lovely. From the artist’s statement:

Access to signs and symbols could lead to peace of mind  in which all unconscious is not anxiously blocked out and avoided but embraced as a way of expanding consciousness. In this manner, the spirit could find a way out of self-isolation in which it is held captive by its unconditional worship of science and technology.

More details about this title are available on the artist’s info sheet.

This title, and many others from Haenni, are available in the US from The Kelmscott Bookshop.


shelf / / romano haenni — posted on October 24th, 2012

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