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artists' books; artistic collaboration; industrial design; death in art


1 volume, 152 pages . Living in a Material World, Parsons & Charlesworth at the Chicago Cultural Center / B. David Zarley -- Spectacular Vernacular / Parsons & Charlesworth -- Index of works -- Observe, Experiment, Speculate, Parsons & Charlesworth in conversation -- Agile Ciphers for Cultural Truths : a consideration of objects and their meanings / Lee Ann Norman. "Our Spectacular Vernacular artists book summarizes and presents our solo exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2016. Along with many photos of the exhibition and the process of its creation, the book contains Agile Ciphers for Cultural Truths, a 'hybrid essay' by Chicago-based writer Lee Ann Norman, providing insight into the ideas, theories, and interests that influence our design practice. The book also includes a transcript from our panel discussion moderated by Zoë Ryan, the John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, which took place at the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center in December 2016. The launch of this book coincided with the opening of Spectacular Vernacular at the Brooks Stevens Gallery at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design on November 3rd 2018." website. In middle of text is additional booklet, "MeMo" ([24] pages : illustrations ; 18 cm) Memo booklet originally produced in conjunction with an exhibition held at Wanted Design, May 17-20, 2013, New York, New York. "Concept, modelmaking, writing, and illustrations by Jessica Charlesworth" website. Rubberband binding.

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[Chicago] : Frontieriors, 2018.


©Chicago, IL: Frontieriors, 2018

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24 cm

Spectacular Vernacular



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