Johanna Drucker's Artist Books
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Combo Meals


Project Statement

Inspired by popular culture motifs entwined with the horrors of contemporary life, the book was never published except as an online print-on-demand edition of about six copies. Filled with images drawn in a range of styles and media, the work is fully hybrid in language and tone, shifting constantly between the concrete and abstract, minutiae and macro-scale transformations, singular events and broad trends. A few sample sentences make the point: “Camera shy and weary, the new-age benefactor screens the crowd from a cube of plexi mirrored to make him invisible. A predatory scanner swipes the scene, its machine-edge libido seeking talent through a scrim of intangible parameters.” The narrative glue is provided by a single tween who wanders through one impossible scene after another with her dog, always responding with the phrase, “No worries.” Illustrated vividly throughout. Cover painting was from a victim of the Iraq War, done on cardboard in gouache and watercolor.



Johanna Drucker

type: initiating


Publication Information

publisher: Druckwerk

production: 2008-08-01

publication history: This book was never published in an edition and exists only as prototypes and available on Amazon, which was used as the publishing platform.

Aesthetic Profile

experimental narrative

political art (AAT)
artists' books (LCSH)

themes: Contemporary life.

content form:
illustrated prose.

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)
illustrated book (local)

inspiration: Current events and conditions of contemporary life in the United States.

related works: From Now, Dark Decade

other influences: Dystopic fiction.

Related Documents

manuscript type: texts

location: artist's archive

manuscript type: mockups

location: artist's archive

manuscript type: other

location: artist's archive

note: Paintings and drawings are in the artist's archive.