Les Levine


Les Levine, House, Alternate Projects

House, 1971
Square quatro, tan wrappers with black print, unpaginated, illustrated throughout with 25 black and white photographic plates. Some yellowing to covers and pages.
10h x 10w in


For this book, Levine presents a series of photos of a collapsed house as a “working plan for a sculpture or monument.”

“On the following pages are proposals for a series of sculpture yet to be executed.
Each photograph in this book is a working plan for a sculpture or monument.
The person who acquires this book should attempt to erect one of monuments according to the scale of the space that he finds available.
He may do this alone or in conjunction with a group.
When he has finished his work on the monument or tired of it, he should send photograph to Les Levine.”

Describing himself as a media sculptor, New York based conceptual artist Les Levine uses technology and information media extensively in his work. In the early 1970s Levine introduced the concept of art as a sociological tool and he, along with Nam June Paik, was one of the first artists to realize the potential of television as an art medium and a means of mass dissemination. Levine was also one of the first artists to use videotape and he has incorporated outdoor advertising, posters, radio, and telephone conversations in his work as well.

This book is a Quadrat-Print published by Steendrukkerij De Jong. The Quadrat-Prints are a series of experiments in printing ranging over the fields of graphic design, the plastic arts, literature, architecture and music. These publications were edited by Pieter Brattinga and were not for sale, but instead given away by the printer, from the early fifties to the mid-seventies.