[Rochester, NY]: [Visual Studies Workshop], 1981. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Grey pictorial boards, no dust jacket as issued. Spine ends bumped; edges and corners lightly worn/scuffed. Interior clean, with corner creasing to one leaf only (pp. 35-36). 47pp. Very good +. Item #22720
Artist's book using for its foundational layer a facsimile text of David Wechsler's 1923 paper "The measurement of emotional reactions: researches on the psycho-galvanic reflex." Zweig superimposes photographic images in color throughout, obscuring some pages more or less completely while leaving others clearly legible. Relationships between the text and Zweig's images -- snapshots, picture postcards, cocktail umbrellas, feathers -- are ambiguous; some juxtapositions seem chance-driven while others -- a package of needles over a summary of animal tests; a woman hoisting a plucked chicken over a description of electrodes applied to skin -- seem decidedly intentional. (Wechsler, primarily known for his contributions to intelligence testing; was concerned in this particular paper with applying noxious stimuli to living creatures and measuring their reactions.) Any and all implicit connections between images, or between images and text, are nevertheless left to the viewer/reader to construct and interpret.