ISIDORO VALCARCEL MEDINA
ilimit, artists' book, case 21.5 x 65 x 46 cm. /8.5 x 25.6 x 18.1 inches, book 9.7 x 51.3 x 33.2 cm. /3.8 x 20.2 x 13.1 inches, edition of 9 volumes, signed and numbered, 2012
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Each volume is unique and has been signed and numbered by the artist. In ilimit, Isidoro Valcárcel Medina, one of the foremost representatives of Spanish conceptual art and the 2007 winner of Spain's National Award for the Visual Arts, explores the comparison between the limited and the unlimited while proposing a reflection on seriation and exclusivity, two recurring concepts in the art world.
Each volume is distinct and consists of 500 pages. The content of these pages is solely their numbering, correlative in volume after volume, from page 1 up to page 6,000. This page numbering is written using ordinal numbers in different languages, chosen randomly from a total selection of 58 languages. The books have been sewn and bound by hand in a neutral grey Saxon cloth on a 10 mm board, which protects the inside of each volume. The paper used for printing the book is Gmund 2/200 Creative System, No. 780, colour 45, of 200 g/m2, produced by Büttenpapierfabrik Gmund. Cromotex was responsible for the typesetting. The books were printed and bound by Testimonio.