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David Taylor: Monuments
Text by Claire C. Carter, Daniel D. Arreola, William L. Fox.
In 2007, Arizona artist David Taylor began photographing the monuments that mark the border between Mexico and the United States, aiming to document each of the 276 obelisks installed by the International Boundary Commission following the Mexican/American War. Taylor's documentation is reflective of a survey conducted by the photographer D.R. Payne between 1891 and 1895 under the auspices of the Boundary Commission (now the International Boundary and Water Commission or IBWC). While many people have photographed the border, there has been no full documentation of the monuments in more than 100 years. This volume combines Taylor's series with texts by curator Claire Carter and cultural geographer Daniel Arreola, humanizing a zone in transition in the wake of drug smuggling, immigration debates and a post-9/11 security climate. Monuments exists as a typology, the incongruous obelisks acting as witness to a shifting national identity as expressed through an altered physical terrain.
Featured image is reproduced from David Taylor: Monuments.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/7/2017
Back in 2015, when we first learned that Radius was planning to publish a book of David Taylor's deadpan serial photographs of the 276 obelisk monuments that line the U.S./Mexico border—installed after the Mexican-American war of 1848—we filed it under indexical photography with a sociopolitical bent, in the style of the Taryn Simon or the Bechers. Today, the book feels much more epic, like dangerous contraband. For it shows just how porous the border really is, and just how difficult and expensive—basically, impossible—it would be to built an effective partition wall. Complete with the location of each marker—down to the longitude and latitude—it's hard to believe this book actually exists as a work of art. But it does, and it makes for extremely compelling reading. Pictured here are border monument No 186, Lat 32°11.023" Long -113°47.781" in the Tule Mountains West of Venegas Pass; and Border Monument No. 2, Lat 31°47.032' Long -108°32.239' with Mount Cristo Rey Franklin Mountains in the distance. continue to blog
RADIUS BOOKS/NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART
USD $85.00 | CAN $112.5 UK £ 75
Pub Date: 12/29/2015
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