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In this special, limited edition of 50, Paper Rad "remixes" unbound copies of their book Paper Rad, B.J. and da Dogs by changing the order of the pages and adding dozens of pieces of ephemera, including original drawings, prints, scraps, and found objects. Each book was rebound by hand, and is a unique art object by one of the most influential underground collectives working today. Signed and numbered Edition of 50 copies.
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Paper Rad is Jessica Ciocci, her brother Jacob, and Ben Jones, who were all born in the late 1970s in Massachusetts. They emerged out of the vibrant art scene in Providence, Rhode Island in 2000 and, since then, have created a massive catalogue of self-published and self-distributed comics and magazines, videos, audiocassette tapes, hand-painted T-shirts, stuffed sewn dolls, CD-ROMs and records. They have collaborated in different formations with a number of other collectives including Beige, Paper Rodeo and Forcefield, and their cutting-edge work has been exhibited at the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Deitch Projects in New York and many other places.From Publishers Weekly:
The art collective known as Paper Rad is a spinoff of the '90s Fort Thunder movement, and now it has published its first book, although it's hard to say exactly what it is. Half the book showcases art installation photographs, collages of random Polaroids, unrelated sketches and a series of crude comic strips. The other half is a pair of graphic novellas: "Space Ballz" and "Alfe." "Space Ballz" follows a boy and his dog who live in a spaceship, where they make obscure references, drop non sequiturs and defecate small cubes to sell by mail order. "Alfe" follows a trio of strange-looking roommates as they buy the cubes from the Space Ballz, eat them, have odd conversations and embark on a road trip. The miscellaneous strips are of varying quality, but "Tuxedo Dog" grows on the reader. The humor, when it exists, is scatological, but with an innocent, childlike quality. The art has a charmingly low-tech, drawn-in-a-notebook feel. It aims for the surreal but hits the nonsensical far more often. The haphazard nature of this collection will appeal mainly to fans of art comics. (Nov.)
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