Rubber, 1978, ‘Ulises Carrión’
Vol. 1, no. 6
23,4 x 16,2 cm
bulletin, 8 pp. incl. cover, 10 original ink stamps by Ulises Carrion
published by Stempelplaats, Amsterdam
This issue of Rubber bulletin is entirely made on and by Ulises Carrión. It is one of the most important publications that reveal specifically his theories and practical thoughts about ink stamping in the visual arts. With short statements he comes to innovative points of view:
‘Every print of a rubber-stamp implies a choice by the artist. He creates not only when he designs his rubber-stamp, but also everytime he makes a print.’
‘In contrast with other means of reproduction – photography, for instance – rubber-stamps are associated with power.
Artists’ rubber-stamps reminds us of those other rubber-stamps that actually control and direct our lives.’ (p.7)
On the inner side of the cover a date stamp ’39 JAN 1988’ is depicted. This ink stamp refers to his concept of “Artists Work for the Future”. Through his choices of appropriation like homages, references, quotations, parodies and allusions he touches the notion of the worn out past and overestimated trends. Ink stamping is one of the media that can generate an interesting impetus to overcome clichés and open up unexplored territories today and in the future. In this sense ‘Artists work for the future’.
Ulises Carrión (1941-1989) was an artist, editor, curator, gallerist, archivist and theorist of the post-1970s avant-garde.