New York: Tauba Auerbach and Printed Matter, 2011. Box set of six separate volumes, each containing a die-cut pop-up figure. Offset. Fold-bound. 20 ¾ x 16 ½ in. First edition, of 1000. Very good, with light wear, and loosening of the cloth lining, to the bottom corners of the smallest side of the box. Item #6581
Tauba Auerbach’s intricate and sculptural pop-up artists’ book.
[2,3] is a box set of slim hardcover volumes that open up into complex and beautiful three-dimensional sculptures. The six parts—respectively titled Pyramid, Sphere, Cubearc, Mobius, Gem, and Ziggurat—surface Auerbach’s commitments to studying perception, especially the play of spatial dimensions, wherein we can “conceive of a dimension that’s beyond, or even coiled within, the space that we experience.”
Accordingly, each page of the book opens into an intricate sculpture by way of a textured animation, engineered by the artist to also collapse back upon folding, like the technique of a children’s pop-up book.
Auerbach is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is influenced by physics and mathematics, seeking universal structures, signs, and possibilities for cohesion amid polarizations and breakdowns in communication and feeling. She has continued her publishing and book-making projects through her Diagonal Press, founded 2013.
The book was published shortly before Hurricane Sandy. Sadly, the publisher’s storage space was flooded during the storm, and a chunk of the edition of 1000 was destroyed; the extant edition size is unknown.