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David Horvitz - Touch the sky with your eye

David Horvitz - Touch the sky with your eye

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Touch the sky with your eye by David Horvitz

English and French

195 mm x 265 mm

64 pages

Graphic design by Joanna Starck

ISBN 978-2-36568-028-8

First publication 2019

An ABC book of poetic actions to be realized as soon as possible. Touch the sky with your eye is a children’s artist book designed by American artist David Horvitz. In the form of a bilingual alphabet, it offers to the young audiences familiarity with 26 words and concepts in English and French. The publication is also an opportunity to develop for each letter a performative action to make a collection of poetic instruments. As part of the tradition of conceptual action books, David Horvitz proposes for Jean Boîte Éditions a long poem that will immerse adults in the children's imagination while allowing them to pay close attention to the nature that surrounds them. To play with the notion of stretching time or to move the immateriality of certain elements. From “In a forest find a tree as tall as you” to “write a poem to a mountain”, the ensemble is richly illustrated with 26 watercolors by David Horvitz, and translated into French by the artist Julien Bismuth. 


Un abécédaire d'actions poétiques à réaliser dès que possible. Touch the sky with your eye est un livre d’artiste pour enfant conçu par le plasticien américain David Horvitz. Prenant la forme d’un abécédaire bilingue, il offre au jeune public de se familiariser avec 26 mots et notions en anglais et français. Cette publication est également l’occasion de développer pour chaque lettre une action performative pour en faire un recueil d’instructions poétiques. S’inscrivant dans la tradition des livres d’actions conceptuelles, David Horvitz propose pour Jean Boîte Éditions un long poème qui replongera les adultes dans l’imaginaire des enfants tout en permettant à ces derniers de porter une attention particulière à la nature qui les entoure, de jouer avec la notion étirable du temps ou de vouloir déplacer l’immatérialité de certains éléments. De « Dans une forêt, trouve un arbre aussi haut que toi » en passant par « Écrit un poème à une montagne », l’ensemble des propositions est richement illustré par 26 aquarelles de David Horvitz, et traduit en français par l’artiste Julien Bismuth.

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