Bethany Collins: A Pattern or Practice (Hardcover)

Bethany Collins: A Pattern or Practice By Bethany Collins (Artist), Kendra Paitz (Editor), Grace Deveney (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
By Bethany Collins (Artist), Kendra Paitz (Editor), Grace Deveney (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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"Language itself, viewed as intrinsically racialized, is Bethany Collins' primary material." -Holland Cotter, New York Times

The work of Chicago-based conceptualist Bethany Collins (born 1984) examines personal, bureaucratic, lyrical and literary language for its racial biases and failures. While straddling multiple mediums, Collins' practice frequently finds expression through artist's books. This publication accompanies her survey exhibition at University Galleries of Illinois State University and features dozens of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, artist's books and performances created from 2012 to 2021. Examples include Black and Blue Dictionary, for which she methodically erased all terms related to the colors black and blue in a dictionary; America: A Hymnal, for which she researched and reproduced 100 different versions of the song "My Country 'Tis of Thee," laser-cutting and burning the unifying musical notations; and A Pattern or Practice, an installation of 91 blind-embossed prints featuring text from the US Department of Justice report on the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780945558460
ISBN-10: 0945558465
Publisher: University Galleries
Publication Date: October 25th, 2022
Pages: 112
Language: English