Artist's book by Lawrence Weiner mimicking cover designs of a Finnish passport. "The passport as design and art object is a beloved prop in the annals of contemporary art. In the case of Lawrence Weiner’s identi-kit for Three Star Books, we have a particularly poignant version. Composed of texts and abstract visual elements, SUOMI FINLAND PASSI PORT PASSPORT is a self-portrait of Weiner’s logic in the form of an artwork. Verbal and visual cues swim in equilibrium, with text and image becoming one and the same. This elementary conflation is evidenced in almost child-like renderings in mostly primary colors executed in marker pens. But the topic, the relation of word and image, is the great stuff of aesthetic speculation since the time of the Greeks. Or in Latin, of ut pictura poeisis: the relation of poetry to picture. In a meandering dialogue about salt water, mermaids and mermen, moons and suns, and love that might or might not emerge from the mist, Weiner writes words and pictures in very contemporary, and almost personal terms." -- publisher's statement.