A Limited Anthology of Edits
A Limited Anthology of Edits, is an annotated reader which brings together a variety of texts and artworks, which illuminate or at least dimly reflect on the subject of editing. The act of editing, which seems at first to be a straightforward, exclusively retrospective, utilitarian act, confined to the world of writing and publishing, can be extended to include much more. It can be the taking apart and putting back together of a clock, the cleaning of an aging fresco, the making of a mix tape, the amendment of a history book, the evolution of a recipe, the creation of an exhibition, or the reading of a text.
At the heart of our interest is the relevance of editing to art and art-making. As discussions about authorship and curatorship have evolved over the last 50 years, it seems increasingly important to talk about editorship and to look at analogues between the disciplines of literature and fine art. As readers and as writing artists, whose body of work relies on both an artistic tradition of literate artists and a literary tradition of artistic writers, this text offers us an opportunity to synthesize the projects we have been producing over the past few years.
And so, we have approached the creation of this volume as readers with pencils in hand, feeling our way, discursively and recursively, through the essays, notes and artworks herein. In doing so, we are laying bare a process of textual interaction, displaying the connective tissues of thought that tie these varied pages together in our minds. In this endeavor, we embrace our position as amateur interpreters, footnoters and propagators of distant material. We don’t claim to explain anything, but we will gladly comment on it.