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Paraigua, 1988

Sculpture, 90 x 4 x 17 cm

Have you been influenced by or interested in certain illustrators?

No, never. I’ve said it many times: I hate illustration. Whenever I’ve collaborated on a book or something like that, I’ve always tried to work with artists on the same wavelength, so we’d understand each other. And I think the task of the artist is to work in parallel. For example, if I’m talking about windmills I don’t want the other to draw a windmill, because this limits the imagination of the reader, no matter how brilliant the artist may be.

I have always chosen my collaborators. When I was doing visual poems I had lots of problems at first. I’m not a draughtsman, I’m a poet. For example, I took an A from a newspaper and cut it out, but this was just a draft. I didn’t get on with the illustrator, because I like sans-serif letters, which means representing a sign with no other intention than placing the viewer in contact with the poem. I was not interested in stylistic exercises. But the typesetter thought that a black letter on white was rather weak and wanted to put all sorts of wigs on the A, and give it a coloured background. When I said no he got angry and wouldn’t work with me. But all I wanted was for someone to typeset clearly the letter I had cut out from the paper.

Ballester, Arnal: ‘Com fer una roda quadrada’, La Il·lustració. Revista molt il·lustrada de l'Associació Professional d'Il·lustradors de Catalunya, no. 1 (November-December 1994), pp. 4–7


Technical details

Original title:
Paraigua
Registration number:
4879
Artist:
Brossa, Joan
Date created:
1988
Date acquired:
2011
Status:
Being restored
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Sculpture
Media:
Fabric, metal and wood
Dimensions:
90 x 4 x 17 cm (height x width x depth)
Edition number:
Objecte únic
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Joan Brossa Fund. Long-term loan of Fundació Joan Brossa
Copyright:
© Fundació Joan Brossa, VEGAP, Barcelona
It has accessibility resources:
No

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