Harmony Korine & Christopher Wool: Pass the Bitch Chicken. Holzwarth Publications, 2002. Unpaged. Tall quarto. Limited edition of 50 copies signed by both artists on preliminary page.* Stiff printed wrappers. Black-and-white reproductions.
*Though unstated in a colophon, according to the publisher, there were just 50 of a 'deluxe' edition signed by both artists.
The result of a collaboration between filmmaker Harmony Korine and painter Christopher Wool, this series of experimental images tests the limits of the pictorial and the abstract, pushing the boundaries of visual and textual narrative to extremes. Korine's photographs form the basis of an intense process of layering, drawing, overprinting, and photocopying. Passed back and forth between the artists, these images are eventually reduced to ghostly shadows beneath a barrage of scumbled dot screens, random patterning, and symbolic blurs and drips. Gradually, the fragmented, distorted images serially mutate, attacked by a combination of mechanical and human processes. Yet despite the violence exerted upon it, a vestige of narrative always survives.
Fine-; moderate rubbing to spine and wraps.