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J Meejin Yoon

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ISBN 10: 0894390139 / ISBN 13: 9780894390135
Published by Printed Matter / The Whitney Museum, New York, 2003
New Condition: New Soft cover
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ABSENCE a book sculpture / artist's book that is a memorial to the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Edition of 2000. A solid white stack of thick stock cardboard pages which take the viewer floor by floor through the missing buildings. Very good +. 5" x 4" x 2 5/8". Bookseller Inventory # D0485

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Publisher: Printed Matter / The Whitney Museum, New York

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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Both a book and a sculptural object, ABSENCE is a memorial to the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

At almost two pounds, ABSENCE has a considerable physical presence, but it is in every way the ghost of a presence, and it is this ghostliness that gives it its particular emotional weight.

A solid white block of thick stock cardboard pages, the book’s "text" consists of one pinhole and two identical squares die-cut into each of its one-hundred-and-twenty pages – one for each story of the towers including the antenna mast. These removed elements lead the reader floor by floor through the missing buildings towards the final page where the footprint of the entire site of the World Trade Center is die-cut into a delicate lattice of absent structures. The simplicity of Yoon’s materials and her use of repetition speak, without words, about unspeakable loss. At the same time, as a scale model of a vanished architectural site, it operates on a larger cultural level by commemorating the site itself.

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J. Meejin Yoon is an architect and designer who is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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