Gail Gregg ~ New York

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Bliss: A Picture Book for the Disillusioned, the Duped and the Disappointed
By Darcy Davenport
New York: Gail Gregg, 2014.

8 x 8"; 38 pages. Perfect bound in glossy pictorial covers.

Gail Gregg: "My Bliss images are 2-D dioramas of domesticity, constructed from advertising images of the Norman Rockwell Era, when American housewives wore pearls in the kitchen and swooned over their new appliances. They also are soap operas – like those created to entertain these same housewives once their Hoovering was done and the Jell-O mould tucked safely in the fridge.

"Text scanned from 1940s and 50s True Story, Cosmopolitan and Ladies Home Journal activates these tableaux of that era of seeming innocence – which like our own, wasn't all that innocent.

"Just as soap operas of the day titillated their audiences with sex and scandal, Madison Avenue sold products by juxtaposing squeaky-clean vistas of happy home with double entendre and sexual innuendo. The Bliss images allude to infidelity and other secrets lurking in outwardly perfect homes – but also suggest the fantasy life many a housewife must have permitted herself while tossing socks into the miracle Apex washer."


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Checked Out
By Gail Gregg
New York: Gail Gregg, 2014.

4.5 x 7.5"; 20 leaves. Perfect bound in glossy pictorial covers.

Gail Gregg: " Checked Out was created from two disparate collections of found objects - objects that that spent a decade in adjacent file drawers until a spring cleaning two years ago. Idly sorting through vintage photos found in thrift stores and flea markets, I noticed that one image seemed to be an illustration of the library card lying nearby. Thus began a game of searching for associations between the cards and photos.

"The project builds on my fondness for the abject object, the more ephemeral the better. I delight in resurrecting items that have been discarded, only to resurface decades later as food for thought and material for art-making. I love the whimsy, the naturalness, the patina - and the chance to make something beautiful or compelling from objects that have been castoff by families or repudiated by new technologies.

"Even as the humble snapshot and the paper-pocket library card have been abandoned in favor of digital albums or bar-code tracking systems, they have found new life in Checked Out."


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