Family Matters: Children and Parents

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  • My Mother: A Psychological Portrait        Athena Tacha        Books / Artists’ Books        $10.00
  • Original Plumbing        Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos        Periodicals        $8.00
  • Florida Family Portrait        Judy Gelles        Books / Artists’ Books        $20.00
  • Family Album        Lise Melhorn-Boe        Books        $30.00
  • Drawings 2 Kill Your Parents 2        Steve Girard         / Zines        $15.00
  • Ola Writes The Alphabet        Barbara Rosenthal        Audio & Video / DVD        $250.00
  • Valstar        Claude Leveque        Books        $55.00
  • Cuadernos Puré #15: Del argumento doble        María Álvarez Álvarez         / Zines        $9.00
  • Anna In Hollywood        Dale Wittig        Books        $8.00
  • Heredity Study #1        Athena Tacha        Books / Artists’ Books        $50.00
  • Non-identifying Social, Genetic Report        David Schulz        Books / Artists’ Books        $40.00
  • The Courtship of Judge Ric Howard by Vincente Minnelli : Autopsy of a Criminal Justice in Citrus County, Florida        Dale Wittig        Books        $5.00
  • A Double Barreled Romance         Ward Tefft        Books / Artists’ Books        $5.00
  • Budget Decadence        Christopher Russell        Books        $18.00

Hundreds of books in the store deal with the idea of family in some capacity – collected here is a sampling of titles that are explicit in their intention to examine these relationships, some of the most fraught, complicated, and meaningful in our lives.

Some of the artists featured here have taken a scientific approach to their projects, reproducing images and data that at first glance could be confused with those found in a medical report. In Heredity Studies, Athena Tacha photographs hands, feet, ears, and profiles of nuclear family members, celebrating the similarities and differences within the unit. In Report, David Schultz reproduces his “genetic and non-identifying social history report”, a detailed history of his birth and subsequent adoption compiled by Lutheran Social Services after his request to locate his biological mother.

Others artists featured here have taken a less structured and more explicity emotional angle, such as Steve Girard’s Drawings 2 Kill Your Parents 2 (title says it all), and Claude Leveque’s Valstar, composed of altered images of children and adults going about their daily rituals interspersed with text excerpted from French crime blotters, describing the torture of children by parents and guardians.

  1. Athena Tacha
    My Mother: A Psychological Portrait
    Oberlin, United States: Athena Tacha, 1973
  2. Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos
    Original Plumbing
    San Francisco, CA: Original Plumbing, 2012
    Out of stock
  3. Judy Gelles
    Florida Family Portrait
    Rochester, NY: Visual Studies Workshop, 2002
    Out of stock
  4. Lise Melhorn-Boe
    Family Album
    North Bay, Ontario: Transformer Press, 1994
    Out of stock
  5. Steve Girard
    Drawings 2 Kill Your Parents 2
    Brooklyn, NY: Nick Pesce, 2012
    Out of stock
  6. Barbara Rosenthal
    Ola Writes The Alphabet
    New York, NY:, 2004
  7. Claude Leveque
    Paris, France: Onestar Press, 2002
  8. María Álvarez Álvarez
    Cuadernos Puré #15: Del argumento doble
    Spain: Ediciones Puré, Madrid and Spain. 2013 (, 2012
    Out of stock
  9. Dale Wittig
    Anna In Hollywood
    San Francisco, CA: Preprosperous Press, 2014
  10. Athena Tacha
    Heredity Study #1
    Oberlin, OH: Athena Tacha, 1972
  11. David Schulz
    Non-identifying Social, Genetic Report
    Brooklyn, NY: Hammer Productions, 1999
  12. Dale Wittig
    The Courtship of Judge Ric Howard by Vincente Minnelli : Autopsy of a Criminal Justice in Citrus County, Florida
    San Francisco, CA: Preprosperous Press, 2003
    size unknown
  13. Ward Tefft
    A Double Barreled Romance
    Buffalo , NY: W. Tefft, 1997
  14. Christopher Russell
    Budget Decadence
    Los Angeles, CA: 2nd Cannons Publications, 2009
Last updated 11/13/2013