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White Nature (or Colored People Annotated)




White Nature (or Colored People Annotated) reproduces Ed Ruscha's 1972 artist's book Colored People with the previously de-contextualized indigenous desert plants re-imagined within the context of luxury Modern and Scandinavian furniture catalogs.


According to the author, "Ruscha's original gesture of erasure produces an absurd and empty archive. Time and consciousness, however, have subverted the beloved 'playfulness' of Ruscha into something unsettling. This book is my rebuttal. It signals a latent and lingering attribute of the white position: the colonial impulse."


This book produced printed at the Bennington College Word and Image Lab on a Riso RP3505. The publication was supported by the Bennington's Usdan Gallery based upon a direct scan of a First Edition copy of Colored People which is housed in the Crossett Library Rare Book Collection.


64 pages
7" x 5 ½"
Risograph-printed in Red, Green, and Risofederal Blue
on Colorplan and French Paper Co papers
Perfect Binding


28USD


Proposed Release Date // Fall 2018