Roman Opalka, ‘PSAP #03: "Time Passing"’, 2011,  ECC Collection

This book is the documentation of Personal Structures Art Projects # 03. It
has been published as a limited edition. The edition comprises 100 copies of which 50 DeLuxe, numbered from 1 to 50, and 50 DeLuxe hors commerce, numbered from I to L. In addition, there have been created 10 Artist Proofs, numbered from 1 to 10. Each item of this limited edition consists of a book and a photograph of Roman Opalka painting in his studio, mounted on dibond and behind plexiglass, housed together in a cassette. The edition is signed by the artist.

Series: Personal Structures Art Projects are projects which are documented as special edition artists’ books. Each project centralises one artist and emphasises his work. All books in this series will be published by GlobalArtAffairs Foundation, the Netherlands. An excerpt of each project will additionally be published in the ongoing series Personal Structures: Time • Space • Existence

Publisher: Global Art Affairs Foundation and coöperation with the European Cultural Centre

About Roman Opalka

Painter and photographer Roman Opalka is best known for his lifelong project, 1965/1 to Infinity (1965-2011), in which he painted white numbers in long rows across a gray background. “The fundamental basis of my work, to which I have dedicated my life, manifests itself in a process of recording a progression that both documents time and also defines it,” he says. As Opalka ran out of space on each canvas he would continue on to the next one. Over the course of his series, he began taking self-portraits and reciting the numbers into a tape recorder upon the completion of each canvas. He also slowly started adding more white to the background with each successive painting, intending to tie the unfolding of the artist’s life and aging process to the transcription of time on his canvases.

French-b. Polish, 1931-2011, Abbeville-Saint-Lucien, France