OUIJA BOARD FOR JOSEF ALBERS

Paul Elliman, 2002, 41 x 41 cm

A few years ago a friend of mine said she had just been introduced to Josef Albers. The idea that he was still around was compelling — artists have always tried to keep in historical contact through works from the past. Why not make contact with Albers directly? Adding the words YES and NO to an Albers-designed stencil typeface turned it into a kind of Ouija board, and it’s also an Albers material — his square paintings were made on this board, in 16, 24 and 40 inch sizes.

(“A–Z, 0–9, YES/NO,” Paul Elliman, Dot Dot Dot #13, 2006)