The Artists' Books in México: Cocina Ediciones y El Archivero
The artists' books transformed since the sixties and seventies the traditional condition of bookness. As Johanna Drucker says, they change its status from secondary to primary, from instrumental to originative, from common to rare, without renouncing other identities. In Mexico there was a pioneer in this conceptual dimension from the book; Yani Pecanins began to create books for looking, for touching and also books for reading. She began with a little manual printing workshop in her kitchen's house, that's why she named it Cocina Ediciones (Kitchen Editions). Then she began to make relations with artists from other countries interested in the visual presence of books, in its objectness. By this way she began to compile the most important artists' books archive and opened a gallery named The Archivist (El Archivero) during some years. Now this is a research about this archive and the mexican concept of The Artist Book and its differences with the traditional book, the alternative book and the object book.
Keywords: Artists'Books, Visual Arts, Mexican Artists' Books
Prof. Luz del Carmen Vilchis Esquivel
Professor, CUMULUS and Design Research Society
Professional graphic designer, working in Mexico, USA and Canada in firms like BMG Entertainment, Environmental Law Institute or UNESCO in traditional and digital way. Visual artist, has exposed digital art, collage and visual poetry in 30 exhibitions in Mexico, Panama, USA,Colombia, China, Rusia, Spain, France, Greece, Palestine and Frankfurt.