Granary Books, 2002. Item #GB_109
7 x 10 in., 48 pp., smyth-sewn in wrappers.
“What happens when two brilliant avant-garde artists collaborate? A wild carnival of collage, color, design, and lines like ‘Decorum had its way with her.’ Or: ‘Her outfit ached against my thigh.’ Any sentimental image of a girl’s life we might have is overexposed, self-titillated, and deconstructed. It’s dazzling. It’s funny. It’s a riot.”
“When ‘image is everything,’ any girl’s life hits the top of the cultcrit charts. It’s a REVOLUTION OF THE WORD. Way past post post-modern. Pre-Omega Point. Like totally!...Read this outrageous, funny and touching book and don’t be clueless anymore.”
A Girl’s Life is a graphic melodrama of romance, crime, and passion in which girls “struggle to survive the snares and pitfalls of contemporary life.” Darkly comic and fiendishly noir, the mood of this book is expressed in colorful prose, lurid collage, and wildly adventurous typography. This collaboration between visual poet Johanna Drucker and painter/book artist Susan Bee is an exciting synthesis of two distinctive but sympathetic sensibilities which addresses adolescent angst in all of its fashionably gory details; “accessory to a crime” takes on a whole new meaning in this book.
This is from an edition of 1000 copies, of which 26 are signed by the poet and artist. Regular edition, as new.
ABOUT JOHANNA DRUCKER: Johanna Drucker is the inaugural Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. In addition, she has a reputation as a book artist, and her limited-edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide. Her published titles include SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing (Chicago, 2009), and Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide with Emily McVarish (Pearson, 2008, 2nd edition in 2012). In 2012 she published Digital_Humanities, with Jeffrey Schnapp, Todd Presner, Peter Lunenfeld, and Anne Burdick (MIT Press) and in 2014, Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production (Harvard University Press). Her work was the subject of a travelling retrospective titled Druckworks: Books and projects 1972-2012, and recent titles include Stochastic Poetics (Granary and Druckwerk, 2012), Downdrift (Three Rooms Press, 2018), and The General Theory of Social Relativity (The Elephants, 2018). She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received an honorary doctorate from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016. Read more at https://www.johannadrucker.net/.