Book Exchange: the Hollywood Blacklist, Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair (2015)

 

“Book Exchange: Hollywood Blacklist” is a performative sculptural project thats mode of operation and purpose changes in each venue where it is displayed. For this occasion books authored and about Hollywood authors and actors suspected of being communists who were censored by the House Committee on Un-American Activities led by Joseph McCarthy were first bought off the internet and installed on the shelves of this rotating Modernist book case. During the fair visitors are asked to purchase a book from any vendor presenting with which to then make an exchange for one of the books found in the bookcase. It is hoped that by the end of the event all the books will have been distributed from the bookshelves to a heterogenous group of participants who will install them in bookshelves in their homes. Their act and participation refutes the essence of censorship which is to make unavailable to the general public certain forms of information. The bookshelf itself will contain the residue of the experience of the exchange as well as expressing the vast diversity of books being sold and exhibited at the fair.

 

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Book Exchange: the Hollywood Blacklist, Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair, 2015. powder coated steel, aluminum, wood and books.

 

Book Exchange: the Hollywood Blacklist, Performance document, Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair, 2015

Book Exchange: the Hollywood Blacklist, Performance document, Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair, 2015

 

Book Exchange: the Hollywood Blacklist, Performance document, Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair, 2015

Book Exchange: the Hollywood Blacklist, Performance document, Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair, 2015

 

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Book Exchange: the Hollywood Blacklist, Detail, Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair, 2015

 

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Book Exchange: the Hollywood Blacklist, Detail, 2015

 

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Book Exchange: the Hollywood Blacklist, Performance document, Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair, 2015

 

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Book Exchange: the Hollywood Blacklist, Performance document, Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair, 2015