CADY NOLAND, The Clip-on Method, 2021
each 28 x 21,5 x 2,2 cm
offset, Mylar dust covers
2 volumes, 288 pp. and 304 pp.
published by Cady Noland, Rhea Anastas and Robert Snowden, USA
photos: K. van Gelder
This book of Cady Noland has two volumes and could easily be considered as a follow up of ‘No Land’ (2018), an unauthorized collection of copied writings about Cady Noland and re-produced images of her work together with reproductions of magazine and catalogue clippings; a piracy publication it seems.
However, here the content of ‘The Clip-on Method’ is obviously documented with the aim to put emphasis on more verbal critical statements about ethical aspects in recent history of the United States, such as racism, dubious goals in politics and industry, use and abuse of scientific knowledge, manipulations of power. That makes this book more than just a collection of images of works by Cady Noland, and together with the 2-3 white pages notably inserted here and there in both volumes makes this publication an artist’s book. It is used by the artist as a means to make a point, opposite to mere documenting art works.
The second volume contains a text “Notes for 1989 Show” published in Balcon no. 4 written by Cady Noland, next to photos of works.
In a book report by Jason Pickleman in Chicago Gallery News a lucid and precise analysis is made of the two volumes of ‘The Clip-on Method’. Really an enlighting loose text.
Book report, by Jason Pickleman, Chicago Gallery News, 16 May 2022.