B.U.D. William S. BURROUGHS, Udo BREGER.
B.U.D.
B.U.D.
B.U.D.

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B.U.D.

Np. (Basel): nd. (1990). Colour photolithographic print on paper (41x46cm.). Limited edition of 66 numbered copies, SIGNED by Burroughs and Breger (this one #6), each one featuring a unique holograph text by Burroughs. The title derives from the first initials of the three original collaborators - Bill (Burroughs), Udo (Breger), and Burroughs' snake catcher friend Dean (Ripa [though in the end he was unable to collaborate]).


The print shows an arrangement by the Swiss-based artist and writer Udo Breger of, among other things, Brion Gysin's calligraphic poem at the end of "The Ticket That Exploded"; a shard from Alamout; two empty shells, one fired from Burroughs' .45 Long Colt; pebbles from Burroughs' driveway in Lawrence; and a blank page on a spiral-bound notebook, upon which Burroughs has written out in indelible ink a short holograph text.


In several copies Burroughs cites a writer or artist on the nature of observation and the creative act, and in this example he quotes the particle physicist, John Wheeler, who developed 'recognition physics': "John Wheeler said 'Nothing exists until it is observed'. The artist then records something that did not exist until he observed it. Recognition art. The artist is a 'meaning sensitive' observer who creates by observing". Burroughs refers to Wheeler in an interview with Simone Lazzeri Ellis published in Contemporanea in 1990, and it seems likely that his interest in Wheeler's work at the time influenced his choice of texts for this limited edition.


Fine.

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