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
title note: 
citizenship: United States
location: Atlanta, Georgia
publisher: Nexus Press
publication history: This is the only edition of this work. [J. Drucker]
fantastic realist (AAT)
popular culture (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]
experimental text (local)
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 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.
manuscript type: mockups
location: other The original manuscript and layout might be at Nexus with their archives.
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.