IOIOC - The Mystery's of Ben Sisto / by jac lahav


Ben Sisto, the inimitable artist attempting to answer the question "Who Let The Dogs Out", is working on a new investigative journalism style project titled "Interaction Of Interaction Of Color" (IOIOC).

As some of you might remember from art school, Interaction of Color is one of the most influential art books of the 20th century. The book was written by Joseph Albers who was the art icon / teacher from the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College. There are 28 editions of the book, INTERACTION OF COLOR, with the first released by Yale University Press in 1963. 

"The text of Interaction of Color provides the careful reader with the content of Josef Albers’ famous color course. His teaching is based on learning by direct perception, and not by theories or color systems. There are many books on color on the market, but no one combines eyesight with such profound insight as Josef Albers does in Interaction of Color."
- Hannes Beckmann 


Using the Albers book, Sisto continues his exploration into small mysteries within iconic objects. Ben Sisto furthers his expert collector status in IOIOC. For the past 5 years he has been assembling all 28 editions of INTERACTION OF COLOR. It's wonderful to see the full collection, each book carrying its own history. Yet there is a deeper mystery hidden down within these pages. Actually it's on the back cover. Printed on the reverse of every edition is the same artwork by Eva Hesse, "Free Study With Leaves". Sisto noticed that between the 12th and 28th edition the leaves in the back artwork began to change. Some leaves came apart, and some actually got filled in! [note the bottom left leaf] Sisto contacted the publisher (Yale) and asked 'whats the deal'. Yale refused to acknowledge any change in the Hesse prints during the run of the book. Clearly something is happened to the leaves, but for now the mystery remains unsolved...

This is an ongoing investigation.