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Noëlle Cuppens | The last pages

17/04/2016 - 22/05/2016 @ SBK Amsterdam KNSM

In The Last Pages, a link is made between the end of an analog era and the last book of a writer.

The 'Letraset rubbing letters' that are no longer produced due to the advent of the computer, and the last words of Marguerite Duras. When Noëlle discovered that rubbing letters were no longer for sale, she decided to "rub" Marguerite Duras' book "C'est Tout" ("That's All") with the letters she still had.The result is a visual manuscript that is published as an artist's book.In addition to the book, there are works on paper based on various aspects of the creative process. There are the visual associations on the pages of the manuscript, eg a work in which 'disappearance' is central, such as the relationship that is made between the words of Duras ('le livre de disparaitre') and the coincidence that occurs when rubbing in that sentence the letter 'e' disappears. Another work on paper focuses on the words 'je veux': words that Duras uses frequently in her book. The poetry of her language is central to this.Recently Noëlle discovered one last 'O' that accidentally got stuck on one of the sheets of rubbing letters. A small and intimate work with rubbing letters of zeros and that one O came out of this. What will the coming weeks bring…Back to Then The Last Pages project is a look back in time. A look back by Marguerite Duras on her life in relation to the change from an analog to a digital era. But it is also interwoven with a personal retrospective: the essays in the book are written and translated by people who are important to Noelle Cuppens. Back to the past also means going back to the Jan van Eyck Academy where she studied 25 years ago and where the analog workshop has been expanded with a digital workshop. The book is printed here, in RISO, a digital technique with an analog feel.The Last Pages is designed by Art Collart. It contains 224 pages, measures 19.5 x 28.5 cm and is hand-bound. There is a screen print on the cover with the title 'C'est Tout'. Each book gets an original rubbing letter K or W: these are the letters that Duras did not use in her book. The edition is 139 and each book is signed by Noelle. The essays are written by Alex de Vries and Ellen Krutwagen and translated into English by Brian Meehan and French by Helmi Cuppens Verleisdonk.

Noëlle Cuppens
Noëlle Cuppens
Noëlle Cuppens