Surplus Koan Totem. Book Two. Photographs and Text by Lewis Koch.

Surplus Koan Totem.

Book Two.

Photographs and Text by Lewis Koch.
Nexus Press, Atlanta, 1993. 7 pp., 7 black-and-white illustrations, accordion design, slipcased, 8x6".

Publisher's Description
For over twenty years, Lewis Koch has been exploring themes of political and personal mythology in his large-scale photographic assemblages and installations. At the invitation of the Nexus Press residency program, this specially designed series translates three of Koch's totems into book form. Addressing such issues as the human urge to subjugate nature (Book One), rampant militarism and overpopulation (book Two), and the tenuousness of the current social fabric (Book Three), these latter-day totems are both invocation and invective.

Lewis Koch's work has been described as 'remarkable and mesmeric,' 'relentless,' and as 'a kind of hallucinatory documentary.' James Hugunin states that 'Koch's assemblages wed the 'cool' detachment of conceptualism to the mysteriousness of the photographic 'equivalent.' What contemporary theory understands as two wholly incompatible methods- one minimalist, the other idealist- Koch has synthesized in aesthetic terms through a keen eye and an astute sense of formal and conceptual linkage.' (New Art Examiner, Sept 1992)

The books are constructed in an accordion-fold format, printed in duotone on Quintessence 100 lb. coated cover paper, in slipcase, series edition of 500.

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