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Project Statement

by J.Drucker

Emily McVarish's work is always engaged with the book as a space, or espace, that constitutes its own field of meaning production through the design and use of pages, sequence, and organization.

Was Here

Emily McVarish

title note: The brevity and suggestivity of the title announce the sophistication of this work. [J.Drucker]


Emily McVarish

type: initiating


birth: 1965/09/09

note: []

Granary Books

type: initiating


Publication Information

publisher: Granary Books

publication: 2001/00/00

publication history: Only one edition of this book exists. [J.Drucker]

Aesthetic Profile

conceptual (AAT)
postmodern (AAT)
situationist (AAT)

autobiography (AAT)
visual poetry (AAT)

themes: Loss and ephemerality within metaphors of urban space. [J.Drucker]

content form:
prose poems (AAT)
experimental text (local)

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)

inspiration: Situationism, a tradition of experimental work, and spatialized poetics. [J.Drucker]

related works: Flicker and Lives and Property, also by McVarish. [J.Drucker]

other influences: Hard to say, but I cannot imagine this work without the existence of Stephane Mallarme's Un Coup de Des, or Guy de Bord's work and the theoretical writings of the situationists. [J.Drucker]

community: none [J.Drucker]

note: McVarish's aesthetic development is quite clear across her work, and this is book is midway between Lives and Property and some of the wall and construction works and her following book, Flicker. McVarish's aesthetic is her own. [J.Drucker]

Exhibition Information

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Related Documents

manuscript type: mockups

location: artist's archive

note: These must exist.

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