I will do a full blog post on The Asemic Reader in 2 days.
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A torrent of creative dynamism, The Cecil Touchon Asemic Reader comes at you in three waves: asemic overwriting of print, usually on antique pages; the elegant typographic collages for which Touchon is best known; and layered linear screens that seem to exist in a receding space. Through these variations, the book challenges us to rethink in depth our conceptions of surface, a thinking accompanied by wordless pleasure.
—Peter Schwenger, author of Asemic: The Art Of Writing
Touchon’s Asemic Reader is an important and inspiring book, and it calls to all schools of thought. The invitation here is to experience new
dimensions of the present moment. Touchon’s captivating letter play and use of asemic writing makes him a true explorer of the invisible script.
—Sam Roxas-Chua 姚, author of Echolalia in Script (Orison Books), and Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater (Lithic Press)
The three layers/styles which build this book are as different as the reader or viewer’s reactions and observations which the layers imply & help create.
The first series of works deals with an intriguing enigmatic silhouette, a shape and idea of time past. The calligraphic lines or typographic erasures
or deleted music notes tell us intricate stories and talk to our perception according to the antiquity of the paper they’re written on.
The second series shows broken letters, cut ones, like in a labyrinthine re-/de-organization of a stray alphabet of imagination.
These well known and highly appreciated works by Cecil Touchon proudly belong to a tradition one can maybe connect to the names of Adriano Spatola
and Edwin Schlossberg.
A third little series introduces the viewer to an even wider range of codes, involving abstract movements of curls, curved signs, naturally evolving
from the previous pages, as to mark a fascinating link between the fragmented alphabet letters and numbers, and a liquid set of traces impossible to grasp,
yet still grasping our eyes.
—Marco Giovenale, author of GLITCHASEMICS (forthcoming from Post-Asemic Press)