Thursday, March 19, 2009

Used Relationship, Starting bid $18.00 (chips and losses)

In her unique and inventive book, Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry, Leanne Shapton details Lenore and Harold's 4 year relationship with the flotsam and jetsam left in the wake of their love and subsequent break-up. Published in the form of an auction catalogue, this book offers for sale the couple's personal effects: gifts, shared books, photographs, love notes, postcards, and so on. This clinical categorization of a couple's relationship offers only small details into the private life of Lenore and Harold, but as the auction items amass, so do hints and shadows of the life these two shared. The effect is a mosaic, an incomplete picture of the relationship that is more compelling because of it's omissions. Reading through this auction catalogue, you will accompany the couple on highs and lows, be privy to pet names and biting insults, witness the fevered growth of a new relationship, and gather hints to the root of the couple's undoing while they are still giving each other presents.


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