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Project Statement

by J. Drucker


The project was conceived by Brad Freeman at Nexus Press after Seana Biondolillo found the manuscript in a dumpster. Seana knew Gary Meres, but he wasn't involved directly in the project.

Dead Man's Trail

Gary Meres

title note: []

Agents

Gary Meres

type: initiating

role:
artist
author

nationality:
citizenship: United States

note: []


Brad Freeman

type: initiating

role:
publisher
printer


Seana Biondolillo

type: initiating

role:
designer


Nexus Press

type: initiating

role:
publisher

location: Atlanta, Georgia


Publication Information

publisher: Nexus Press

dates:
publication: 2002-06-15

publication history: This is the only edition of this work. [J. Drucker]

Aesthetic Profile

movement:
fantastic realist (AAT)
popular culture (AAT)
unknown

subject:
comedy (AAT)
fantastic Art (AAT)
outsider art (AAT)
artists' books (LCSH)
experimental fiction (LCSH)

themes: Dark reworking of Western Americana themes in cut-up method. [J. Drucker]

content form:
cut-up (local)
fiction (AAT)
experimental text (local)

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)

inspiration: Western literature. [J. Drucker]

related works: Zane Grey in a literary sense, and Dead Man, the Jim Jarmusch movie. [J. Drucker]

other influences: pulp fiction [J. Drucker]

community: press Nexus Press [J. Drucker]

note: A great example of pastiche and reworking of aesthetic categories. [J. Drucker]

Exhibition Information

exhibition history: Experimental Narrative exhibition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2000.

reception history: Printed Matter has this synopsis on its webpage: Synopsis: Using appropriated imagery and texts from 1950’s era pulp fiction (westerns, crime and murder mysteries, science fiction) and non-fiction (period scientific and military textbooks), this 3 volume set creates a dark and violent lens through which to view the world. Visually rich and dense, there is a strong affiliation to comic book art through the use of panels, and the pop culture subject matter. An excellent example of the possibilities of how images extracted from one source can be re-combined and entangled to produce an entirely different visual and informational experience.

Related Documents

manuscript type: mockups

location: other The original manuscript and layout might be at Nexus with their archives.

note:


General Comments

This book is an exceptional demonstration of cut-up and collage method. It also has real substance and content to its commentary on the pulp genre and the western. []