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Seek by Shea Hembrey
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Dec 26, 11

Read in December, 2011

Shea Hembrey's catalogue of an imaginary art world biennial is a triumph of invention. Hembrey crafted 100 faux bodies of artwork in a wide range of mediums and ideological bents, and has published them in a 412 page full-color document of the inaugural Seek Biennial, complete with fictional curatorial essays and 100 separate commentaries by the artists. If not every photo feature of the work is compelling, the book's repertoire of artist statements is an epic of the vagaries of the artistic imagination. Hembrey's project is a fabulous addition to the lineage of invented artists dating back to William Beckford and his 1780 fiction, Biographies of Extrordinary Painters. The vernacular conceptualism of the book is carried through even in its deliberately slightly-out-of-it typography and page layouts.
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