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by Susan Lipper
Text by Frederick Barthelme
Afterward by Matthew Drutt
Photogoraphy / Art / Road Diaries
11.25 x 9.75 inches
50 duotone photographs
Trip is celebrated Grapevine photographer Susan Lipper’s new, conceptually ambitious artist’s book: an assembled narrative of a fictional road trip in America, destination and starting point unknown. Adrift. The date is the present, but only slightly so. The viewer is cast without aid amongst snatches of text and vernacular objects, staged or found, that render the landscape neither familiar nor foreign. Semiotic interplay is introduced with seemingly objective signs and symbols, readable in a traditional sense, yet…what meanings do they serve here? Re-appropriating the documentary.
Susan Lipper earned an MFA from Yale. Her first book, Grapevine, out of print but available as a limited edition, received numerous awards, and is considered a classic. Her photographs can be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; New York Public Library, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; National Portrait Gallery, London; and Minneapolis Institute of the Arts
Frederick Barthelme is the author of eleven books of fiction, the most recent of which is Bob the Gambler (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin, 1998). He directs the writing program at the University of Southern Mississippi, and edits the literary journal Mississippi Review.
Matthew Drutt is Associate Curator for Research at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and serves as the lead curatorial advisor on photography, new media intiatives, design, and education. He is currently at work on developing the Guggenheim Virtual Museum.