The Final Eternal Return

The Final Eternal Return

Jimmy Raskin


One color offset, saddle stitch
295 x 210 mm 
24pp., 2 illustrations
Organized by Flint Jamison at Yale Union
Printed by Gary Robbins at Container Corps
Edition of 60, signed and numbered


Raskin imagines a pivotal moment when, rather than abiding by the cycles of The Eternal Return, the artist disappears. In The Eternal Return the subject moves from personal explorations, to the point of intuition, and returns to the planes of culture with an expressive contribution. In this experimental text, by contrast, the author points to what that impeccable moment of stillness could be: filled to the brim with inspiration, yet without the compulsion to act on it. Distance collapses. Stillness now exists within Duration. No more Desire. No Body. Here lies the final manifestation of The Eternal Return.

Further, the book explores the nature of the Cliché and its disruptive role for The Eternal Return. It proposes ways to “close up” Critical Distance. The artist introduces the one who stands too close to the boundary between expression and disappearing: The Last Eccentric.

Raskin commissioned fellow artist Aaron Flint Jamison to make material choices for the book object and oversee its printing.