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JJJJJerome Ellis’s The Clearing

A songbook attentive to corporeal language-making processes often dismissed as impediments. The Clearing is not a metaphor—a symbol for clarity or realization—but an activation of ever-present clarity.

Andrés Hernández’s we used to move through the city like doves in the wind

A book of delicate autobiographical drawings tells the story of two lovers’ forced separation. The book’s 5.5 inch-square format complements the intimate nature of its captioned images, as holding the book in one hand and flipping its pages with the other feels like unfolding a note that has been passed in secret.

The Wayland Rudd Collection

This archive, which included propaganda posters, works of art, and other pieces of print culture, revealed a complex and at times incongruous approach to race. As Wayland Rudd, who the archive is named after, would learn, the Soviet Union was not the anti-racist idyll its propagandists portrayed.

Eirik Johnson’s Road to Nowhere

As they evoke the love-hate relationship that infrastructure so often inspires, Johnson’s double-layered images illuminate the dueling perspectives that surrounded Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct, in both its life and its death.

Abigail Susik’s Surrealist Sabotage and the War on Work

Binding Surrealist automatism to workplace sabotage, the book raises issues for deliberation that benefit opportunities to review the premise of the life-as-art/art-as-luxury-lifestyle aspiration as nothing more than a consumerist enterprise equipped with cloaking theoretical elements that have artfully ducked anti-capitalist and anti-art critical postures. This fever-dream history of subversion as sex machine invites you into a contemplation of your intimate erotic life, put in relationship to its oppression.


The Brooklyn Rail

MARCH 2022

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