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Project Statement

by P. Berger


The project that became the book Seattle Subtext began as a response to how I perceived photographs as functioning visual objects. Photographs are seldom reclusive or solitary; they most often gather in groups along with their uneasy ally, text. Together, they are the cohabiters of the most common "picture" of all, the printed page, where photographs, texts and graphics cluster and recombine.

Seattle Subtext

Paul Berger

title note: []

Agents

Paul Berger

type: initiating

role:
artist
author
photographer
designer

dates:
birth: 1951-00-00

note: []


Visual Studies Workshop Press

type: initiating

role:
publisher

location: Rochester, New York


The Real Comet Press

type: initiating

role:
publisher

location: Seattle, Washington

note: Seattle Subtext is the first and only co-publication by these presses [T. Shaw]


National Endowment for the Arts, USA

type: other

role:
unknown Grant support for the publication


Publication Information

publisher: Visual Studies Workshop and The Real Comet Press

dates:
production: 1984-00-00

publication history: One edition only, printed in 1984 [T. Shaw]

Aesthetic Profile

movement:
conceptual (AAT)
popular culture (AAT)
systemic (AAT)

subject:
autobiography (AAT)
book design (LCSH)
experimental drama (LCSH)
photographs (LCSH)

themes: Information and Information design, interface analysis, identity as related to space and context [T. Shaw]

content form:
cut-up (local)
experimental magazine
database or repository

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)

inspiration: Time, Newsweek and other popular double-page spread magazines [T. Shaw]

related works: SprawlCode: descriptions by Chris Burnett [T. Shaw]

other influences: Television commercials and news programs, Surveillance photography, computer code [T. Shaw]

community: school Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York [T. Shaw]

Exhibition Information

exhibition history: From the flyleaf: "Seattle Subtext was originally created as a series of photographic prints in 1981-82. It has been exhibited at many galleries and museums, including The California Museum of Photography; Light Gallery, New York City; Equivalents Gallery, Seattle, Washington; The University of Missouri, St. Louis; N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago; The New Museum, New York City; The Seattle Art Museum; and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston."

Related Documents

manuscript type: correspondence

location:


manuscript type: mockups

location: other Press sheets and ephemera at Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York