The Sabian Exercise
George Herms: The Sabian Exercise, 1971-72
Published by LOVE PRESS
Printed in Los Angeles, 1979
Unique hand painted box
12 hand pulled screened folders, 360 drawings
12.75 x 10.25 x 3 inches
Edition of 1000
From April 1971 to April 1972, George Herms made a drawing a day for one year based on Sabian symbols. Each day takes the form of one symbol as a starting point, and expands upon it within each degree of the zodiac circle. The exercise draws out the rhythm and formal qualities of the symbols, to assign new and personal meanings and associations, in the method of assemblage and concrete poetry.
In 1979, the drawings were collected and published into hand-painted box sets in an edition of 1,000. Having been in storage for the last 40 years, The Sabian Exercise will be on view for the first time at the Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair from February 23rd through the 26th.
*NOTE: Each box is hand painted and unique, the box you will receive will be selected at random and will not look like the box pictured.