Julian Germain: Face of the Century. Brief essay by Martin Herron. Do Publishing Co., Amsterdam, 1999. 208 pages. Quarto. Hardbound. Printed mylar-covered boards. 101 color reproductions.
Brilliant conceptual project from Julian German, who brought us, For Every Minute You Are Angry You Lose Sixty Seconds of Happiness. Now quite scarce. "A series of chronologically sequenced portraits of 101 individuals, commencing with a 100 year old, ending with a newly born baby.
"As we look we search, compare ourselves…We become part of what we view. This sense of common purpose is intensified by the unremarkable faces set before us. Their ordinariness, and the wealth of revealing (comforting) detail that frames each face, begs us to make confident assertions about class, age, gender, fashion and personality."
Science invites us to delve deeper. The twentieth century gave us the double helix. Each one of these supposedly average faces represents a genetic apex reaching back millennia. Beneath each one of these 101 facial surfaces lies a journey of cosmic complexity. Somehow it seems appropriate. Each face unique. Yet each the product of millions of others. Unremarkably remarkable."--from Martin Herron's.
Fine-; lightly rubbed with a few faint surface scratches; slight imperfection, crown of spine.