Hirsch E.P. Rothko by Hirsch E.P. Rothko, 2010

4.75 x 6.25 inches; 96-pages
Pocket paperback with green newsprint interior
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'Hirsch E.P. Rothko by Hirsch E.P. Rothko' recounts a year Christopher K. Ho spent in the mountains living and working in a license plate shed under the pseudonym Hirsch E.P. Rothko, an anagram of his name. The novella is a dramatized account of a lived experience. The nine-chapter narrative also contains a polemic about regional painting's relevance in a world in which the United States might be a regional, rather than international, power. It proposes a creative critique based on invention and synthesis, the privileged form of which is fiction. In Rothko's own words: "Regionalism is not a style, but a mode of and model for making. It not so much suspends the viewer's disbelief as it enables an artist to suspend his selfconsciousness. The respite from criticality opens a fictive space....that allows us to be real artists again."

'Hirsch E.P. Rothko by Hirsch E.P. Rothko' is available from St. Mark's Bookshop in New York. A special bootleg edition is also available to order at Publication Studio: www.publicationstudio.biz/books/139
Hirsch E.P. Rothko by Hirsch E.P. Rothko, 2010
Hirsch E.P. Rothko by Hirsch E.P. Rothko, 2010
Hirsch E.P. Rothko by Hirsch E.P. Rothko, 2010
Hirsch E.P. Rothko by Hirsch E.P. Rothko, 2010
Hirsch E.P. Rothko by Hirsch E.P. Rothko, 2010
Hirsch E.P. Rothko by Hirsch E.P. Rothko, 2010