The Alphabet Book
Influenced by their correspondence with Ray Johnson, Michael Morris (aka Marcel Dot aka Miss General Idea 1971-1983) and Vincent Trasov (aka Mr. Peanut) co-founded Image Bank in 1969 in Vancouver, Canada.
Image Bank was a collaborative, postal-based exchange system between artists; activities included compiling artist address lists and images request lists that were published in General Idea's FILE Magazine, along with publications and documents which directed the exchange of images, information, and ideas. The aim of Image Bank was an inherently anti-capitalistic collective creative conscious.
In 1971, Image Bank approached a series of artists—Eric Metcalfe aka Dr. Brute, Gary Lee Nova aka Art Rat, Glenn Lewis aka Flakey Rrose Hip, and Paul Oberst—to create their own, unique alphabet.
Now, 40 years later, with the permission of the participating artists and help of Image Bank, this collection of historic silk-screened alphabets have finally been issued together.
An included insert provides background information about the artists, the posters, Image Bank, and the alphabet project.
Designed by Marc Hollenstein
Published by Kunstverein Amsterdam, 2018
Printed in a limited edition of 350 copies
Hardcover, 8 pages, full color, 13 × 9.5 inches