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The Era of the Deconstructed Hero: The End of Art Imperialisms + The Rise of Exposed Process
By Li Pallas
Los Angeles: post/eclectra press, 2014. Edition of 22.

4.75 x 7.125”; 55 pages. Acid free text and cover weight paper using the following typefaces: Cultura New, Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk, Kettering 205, and Century Gothic. Printed largely on No Kings Risograph, courtesy of Lee Nobel. Screenprint, giclée, and hand-painted covers. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Press Release: "The Era of the Deconstructed Hero: The End of Art Imperialisms + the Rise of Exposed Process began as a graduate thesis at The Corcoran College of Art and Design for their Art and the Book Program. Upon graduating, Ms. Pallas took great effort over the course of the following year to add personal commentary, additional information, and imagery from her own thesis installation for reference while using the text itself to produce delicious typographic representations. The text addresses how book arts as a study has been shifting the narratives which inform economic value of art objects.

"Abstract: The narratives that govern how we value art in our society have systematically placed the artist as pawn and pauper in the profit industrial system; these narratives are adapting to new forms of information architecture (web based and book arts) which make their process more apparent. This shift away from idolatry and destructive practices is allowing more artists to pursue living wages while more beneficially dedicating artistic practice towards their communities. An analysis of narratives from the theoretical to the personal and how they can affect the ability to produce effective social justice art. This thesis begins with problematic pre-existing narratives like that of Ayn Rand and Nicolas Bourriaud, suggests applying Jo Freeman’s Tyranny of Structurelessness to survival in the art world, and advocates methods of process narrative as employed by Erin Wilson (through Kickstarter), Ian Cozzens, Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., Johanna Drucker, Brad Freeman, and Robin Price.”


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