Photographs and text by Rudy Vanderlans.
Gingko Press, Corte Madera, 2001. 176 pp., 250 color illustrations, 8¾x11¾".

"On the outskirts of civilization, where suburban man stumbles over nature, an untold drama is taking place. A relentless effort by present day frontiersmen to tame and overcome the inhospitable California desert. Rudy VanderLans takes us to the heart of this spectacle, where suburban elements meet vacuous space, where dubious claims of commerce stand fragile against a harsh light, where contemporary dwellers impose incongruous notions of luxury on a magnificent wilderness landscape. Supermarket captures the folly and the beauty of this colorful drama in all its ambiguity, with astounding photographic spreads that come at us like film, taken at slightly different angles, juxtaposed or duplicated in singularly bold symmetry. The iteration of the images so leveraged simulates a spatiality that transcends the ordinary two-dimensional page. Rudy VanderLans, one of the world's leading graphic designers and co-founder of 'Emigre' magazine, brings us inside this desert environment in small steps, taking u along the California coast heading south and then east through the built environment, setting the scene for our final destination."-the publisher.

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