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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 -- the erasure of the context surrounding the plants -- re-frames the collection of plants into an absurd archive. Time and consciousness have allowed the beloved 'playfulness' of Ruscha to fall thin. Turning the orignal into something more unsettling than it's impuls. White Nature is my rebuttal: it's title signals the latent and lingering attribute of the white position: the colonial impulse."


This book produces a facsimile of Ed Ruscha's Colored People as found in Bennington College's Crossett Library's Rare Book Collection. The book is printed in 3 colors on a Riso RP3505.


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