Tall, Slim & Erect: Portraits of the Presidents (Trenchart: Recon)

 
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Literary Nonfiction. Art. After stumbling upon a wooden box containing a complete set of miniature wax mold figurines of US presidents at a flea market, artist Alex Forman began photographing each little man, minus their pedestals. Presented for the first time in book format, Forman's elegant black and white portraits are accompanied by brief biographies composed entirely of appropriated texts cleverly cut and reassembled by the author. What emerges in TALL, SLIM & ERECT: PORTRAITS OF THE PRESIDENTS is not the tired tale of legendary men and their mythical quest for democracy, but rather, a gossip's dream: Jefferson could not ride a horse for months due to boils on his backside; Hayes felt a crazed and tender devotion to his sister Fanny; Wilson remained a virgin till twenty-eight. While playfully shedding light on these powerful men, their quirks, bodily functions, and stained sheets, TALL, SLIM & ERECT ultimately asks the reader to question how presidents, and history, is written and built on hearsay, conjecture, rumor, and repetition.

TALL, SLIM & ERECT: PORTRAITS OF THE PRESIDENTS is published as part of the TrenchArt: Recon Series, with an Introduction by Ben Ehrenreich and visual art [cover] by Renee Petropoulos.

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Alex Forman is a photographer, writer, translator, and personal historian living in Rio de Janeiro. A graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Art, her photography has been widely exhibited throughout the world. She is co-founder of jubilat, an international poetry journal.

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''Legions of paid professionals try, and fail, to get underneath the gloss and myth of the presidents of the United States. Alex Forman has done it with a view camera and a cast of toy miniatures. The irony is that, through the very kitsch that represents our distance from these men, she opens the door into something truthful about the human beings who have been our presidents and about the country itself: humble and boasting; vivid and mysterious; plain and regal. These images do not sneer, or crow, or shout. Forman opens her eyes and looks, and you will not be able to look away.'' --Joshua Wolf Shenk

''Watch carefully. The great are tiny, the miniscule immense.'' --Ben Ehrenreich

''TALL, SLIM & ERECT: PORTRAITS OF THE PRESIDENTS is unique its inception, its scope, its playful yet pointed irony... The images with their accompanying text are a study in the public and personal construction of entitlement. Forman explores what attributes of public office we choose to fetishize and what qualities we must erase in order to preserve our fetish.'' ----Erin Soros

Watch carefully. The great are tiny, the miniscule immense. --Ben Ehrenreich

TALL, SLIM & ERECT: PORTRAITS OF THE PRESIDENTS is unique its inception, its scope, its playful yet pointed irony... The images with their accompanying text are a study in the public and personal construction of entitlement. Forman explores what attributes of public office we choose to fetishize and what qualities we must erase in order to preserve our fetish. --Erin Soros

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