ALBENDA, Ricci. The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog.

(Dallas, TX): The Rachofsky House, 2009. First edition. Small square quarto. 111 pages. Rare catalogue published to accompany the exhibition at The Rachofsky House, May 11 – July 26, 2009. Introduction by Allan Schwartzman. Essay by James Trainor. This was the first single artist exhibition at the Richard Meier building. Albenda used his works to create a dialogue with Meier’s building, and he instilled the normally reticent domicile with a myriad of utterances and articulations. The pangram of the show’s title–employing every letter of the English alphabet–reflected Albenda’s rigorously inclusive aesthetic. In the kitchen, one saw a series of drawings following the artist’s meticulous recipe for ascribing a specific colour to each letter of the alphabet, so that each letter aligns with the progression of the natural spectrum. Albenda named his formula COLOR-I-ME-TRY, and it assigns each vowel to either a primary or a secondary color, with the consonants falling accordingly onto other hues. But the system is not rigid; once in place, Albenda can adjust it to accommodate countless saturations and values. Illustrated throughout. A very good copy in wrappers.


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