"On the occasion of Eric Orr's exhibition [at Anders Tornberg Gallery, Lund, Sweden, October 27 - November 21, 1990] we present the book / object 'Zero Mass: The Art of Eric Orr,' a 330-page volume, bound in blue steel, with some fifty full-color reproductions of the artist's work. This book-project was conceived by Eric Orr and his friends artist James Lee Byars and critic Thomas McEvilley during a journey to Egypt in early 1989. The outcome is an exceptionally varied and generous work, consisting of a novella, explanatory texts, assorted notions, references, and some unexpected events." -- publisher's statement.
Zero Mass is a collaborative book by Eric Orr [1939 - 1998] and James Lee Byars [1932 - 1997] as well as a "unique" multiple by Byars. Book is comprised of an anodized steel faced book with extensive images and text, mostly serving as a quasi-catalogue raisonné of Orr's work, along with texts jointly authored by Orr and Byars, with additional text by Thomas McEvilley. Book is accompanied by a handmade ball of fired clay, titled by Byars "The Sphere of Generosity." Texts in English. Like all works by Byars and McEvilley the texts read as a personal journal about their friendship, which is shared with Orr herein.
Book and multiple are housed in a molded Styrofoam box, which is packaged within a inside a screenprinted cardboard sleeve.
A number of additional highlights include "The Matter of O" [pp. 15], on which the Orr stamped a ring of his own blood - a la a coffee stain. The "Skull Page" [pp. 163-4] is noted within the colophon as being an inserted page of handmade paper by Yoshio Ikezaki, using kozo fibers impregnated with the powdered mummy's skull. Pages 25-26 torn as designed by the artists.
The unique steel covers of this title tend have imperfections, inclusive of bits of rust or other stains due to processes, time, or handling. However, copies offered by Specific Object have not been handled and are "fresh" and as published with a minimum of these issues.
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