Hood, by the German painter Cornelius Quabeck, is an unusual book. This is principally because of the highly singular and idiosyncratic way in which it is finished, with each of the six sections packed in its own wrapper of thinner paper which is glued into the spine. The effect is that each section constitutes a separate exhibition. The wrappers are perforated at the fore-edge and are shorter in height than the rest of the book.
The panel were seized with curiosity at picking up this book. Had anyone ever seen anything like it? Are we supposed to slit the wrappers open with a knife? Or do we carefully unstick one end of each one at the spine? We decided on the latter course of action and in this way allowed ourselves to be surprised by the artist’s work.