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."
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