Media: Offset printed, spiral bound artist’s book Dimensions: 4” x 8” x 0.75” First Edition Size: 180 Second Edition Size: 250 Date: 2010
noun is a playful
artist’s book about words and their definitions, an exquisite corpse with
words. Starting with 27 real English words, each word and its definition has
been divided into two parts. By turning the pages, you mix and match the word
halves to create humorous and nonsensical new words and meanings.
Examples of words and
definitions that can be put together: whisper + umbrella = whisbrella: A low sibilant utterance
for sheltering one from rain and sun. banana + onomatopoeia = bananpoeia: A large herbaceous
perennial tropical plant that bears fruit imitating the sound of the thing or
action signified. muffin + tyrant = muffrant: A quick bread made of batter
unrestrained by law or constitution. nomenclature + ancestry = nomencestry: A system or set of names
for things derived from, or possessed by, an ancestor or ancestors.
This first edition was printed in the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Special thanks to Lori Spencer and Amanda D’Amico.