Initially commissioned as one of a series of artists' games for Wallpaper* magazine, Field Of Vision favourite Tauba Auerbach's idiosyncratic playing cards have now been refined and produced in a deluxe limited edition by DZEK, a New York-based publisher of art and design editions.
Further exploring her fascination with language and mathematics, Auerbach has produced two different decks: the Functions Deck and the Shapes Deck. The Functions Deck replaces the standard suits with the mathematical symbols +, -, x, and ÷, and half the deck is black, half white. For the Shapes Deck the suits are represented by geometric shapes, and the picture cards show platonic solids instead of the usual 'royal family'.
There is a long history of artists designing playing cards - Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, Dali and Alberto Vargas to name a few - but Auerbach has put such thought into her deck, she has almost invented her own playing system with all the added mathematical elements.
The two decks are beautifully produced and come in hand-numbered debossed linen boxes, each limited to a run of 250.
Available through www.dzekdzekdzek.com