2015 | Digital Laserjet, 2-Prong Fastener
54 pages, 11" x 17"
limited edition of 17
Of Simple Men: Operation - Maintenance - Parts is the machine manual as artist book, a critical component of the kinetic sculpture and performative installation pieces, Of Simple Men. The book addresses a number of themes: the machine as cultural and aesthetic object; the history of technology, processes of production/reproduction and their impact on land and culture; an examination of rural life past, present, and future; the land, the body, and value of labor in everyday life; and how these themes are intrinsically linked to one another. Most importantly, Of Simple Men asserts rural America as the site for these investigations—both maintaining and affirming its place in historic and contemporary cultural discourse. A carefully constructed complex web of poetics, prose, didactic and theoretical text, this operator’s manual addresses the origins of these ideas, and their contemporary ramifications.
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