Eter 5, 1967
Six sheets inside a collaged (original) sleeve, with some original contributions of collages by Bernar Venet, A. Stenstam, K. Osterlin, and Paul-Armand Gette. Three of the Bernar Venet collages are signed and numbered (50/100) Each copy of this magazine is UNIQUE.
11h x 8 1/2w in
Edition of 100
ETER was a loose-leaf journal published by Paul-Armand Gette and filled with original contributions (collages, drawings, texts, graphic art) by a number of artists and poets through which Gette hoped to 'de toucher toutes les branches actuelles de la vie artistique' [be able to touch on all actual branches of artistic life]. In 1966 and 1967 ten numbers of ETER were issued through a publishing house in Malmö, Sweden as a way to escape the legal deposit in France. One copy of Eter cost 10 French franc and it was the intention that the reader would retain what he liked and then throw away the things he did not find interesting... The contributions ranged from abstract compositions and collages with a New Realist touch to concrete and visual poetry. The first five issues of ETER can be regarded as the earliest example of the assembling strategy (where the artists themselves are responsible for the creation and circulation of their contribution, which is then bundled into a publication) – four years before the first 'official' assembling with that name, was published by Richard Kostelanetz in New York (1970).