BOOK FROM THE GROUND: FROM POINT TO POINTASIAN ART MUSEUM
A book without words, recounting a day in the life of an office worker, told completely in the symbols, icons, and logos of modern life.
“Twenty years ago I made “Book from the Sky,” a book of illegible Chinese characters that no one could read. Now I have created “Book from the Ground,” a book that anyone can read.” — Xu Bing
Following his classic work “Book from the Sky,” Chinese artist Xu Bing presents a new graphic novel — one composed entirely of symbols and icons that are universally understood. Xu Bing spent seven years gathering materials, experimenting, revising, and arranging thousands of pictograms to construct the narrative for “Book from the Gound.” The result is a readable story without words, an account of 24 hours in the life of “Mr. Black,” a typical urban white-collar worker.
Mr. Black’s day is recounted with meticulous and intimate detail, and reads like a postmodern, post-textual riff on James Joyce's account of Bloom's peregrinations in “Ulysses.” But Xu Bing's narrative, using an exclusively visual language, could be published anywhere, without translation or explication; anyone with experience in contemporary life — anyone who has internalized the icons and logos of modernity, from smiley faces to transit maps to menus — can understand it.
- Author: Bing Xu
- Pages: 128
- Size: 8.6 x 5.8 inches
- Publication: 2020