Poor. Old. Tired. Horse. (POTH). 18. - Bridget Riley & Ad Reinhardt
RILEY, Bridget & Ad Reinhardt.
Poor. Old. Tired. Horse. (POTH). 18.
First edition. 6pp staple bound folded publication with b&w texts.
Ardgay: Wild Hawthorn Press, .
Very good, a few smudges to the outer leaves.
A scarce issue of the ephemeral little magazine Poor. Old. Tired. Horse. published by Ian Hamilton Finlay. The publication for concrete and visual poetry began in 1962 with its format originally being a single folded sheet of paper. Contributors to the series of 25 issues included Finlay, Jerome Rothenberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Kurt Schwitters, Mary Ellen Solt and Eugen Gomringer.
This issue from 1965 is a collaboration between painters Ad Reinhardt and Bridget Riley. In this simple staple bound publication Riley created the drawings and layout while Reinhardt contributed the text.
Here Ad Reinhardt's writing sets out to emphasise the singularity of the artwork and the artist, eventually contradicting and critiquing this claim because of its own repetitiveness: 'There is just one artist always. There is just the artist in the artist as the artist-as-artist. There is just the one art process, the one art invention, the one art discovery, the one art routine. There is just the one art-work, just the one art-working, just the one art non-working, just one ritual, just one attention...'
The text is accompanied by a repeated letter "O" motif drawn by Bridget Riley. This "O" form appears slightly tipped to the left or right seeming to sway with the writing or orient its position on the page.
An arrestingly beautiful work that brings Riley and Reinhardt's shared interest in perception to the space of the printed page.