Service : A Trilogy on Colonization
  • artists' book
  • pictorial wrappers
  • offset-printed
  • glue bound
  • black-and-white
  • 12.7 x 20.3 cm.
  • [unpaginated]
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered
  • ISBN 0894390074

Service : A Trilogy on Colonization

[First Edition]

Martha Rosler

Service : A Trilogy on Colonization


Artist's book incorporating three postal works by Martha Rosler: "A Budding Gourmet," "McTowers Maid," and "Tijuana Maid." "This is a book of three novels and one translation. In their original form the novels were sent through the mail as postcard series, one card about every five to seven days. Mail both is and isn't a personal communication. But whether welcome or unwelcome it thrusts itself upon you, so to speak, and must be dealt with in the context of your own life. Its immediacy may allow its message to penetrate the usual bounds of your attention. A serial communication can hook you, engaging your long-term interest (intermittently, at least). There was a lot of time -- and mental space -- around each installment of these novels, time in which the communication could unfold and reverberate. So they are long novels, and slow ones . . . ." -- Martha Rosler, 1976.

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Service : A Trilogy on Colonization [Second Printing]
Condition:  Very Good / Fine. Light yellowing of covers and 1.6 cm. area of minimal bumping of verso edge. 1.8 cm. ghost of an erased id and price on dedication page, contents otherwise clean and unmarked.
[Object # 36827]