Erin Cosgrove is an artist living in Los Angeles. Using video, performance, drawing, digital media and writing, Cosgrove manipulates traditional forms - such as fetish, romance novels, manifestos and the bible - to explore the relationship between the public and the profane, the reasoned and the rant.
Book Launch and Exhibition by Erin Cosgrove
Launch and Opening: Saturday, March 8, 2003, 5 to 7 PM
Printed Matter is very pleased to announce a book launch and exhibition for Erin Cosgrove's The Baader-Meinhof Affair, to take place at Printed Matter, Inc., on Saturday, March 8, 2003, from 5 to 7 PM. The author will be present to sign copies of her book. The exhibition will continue through April 19, 2003.
Erin Cosgrove is an artist living in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from University of California at Los Angeles in 2001. Using video, performance, drawing, digital media and writing, Cosgrove manipulates traditional forms - such as fetish, romance novels, manifestos and the bible - to explore the relationship between the public and the profane, the reasoned and the rant.
In her ongoing project, Seven Romance Novels, she is simultaneously writing seven romance novels: The Baader-Meinhof Affair, False Puppy Love, The Hand-Me-Down Boyfriend, Kate's M.R.S. Degree, Love's Other Shoe, Sycophant Love and The Two-Timing Two-Stepper. Each novel is written from the point of view of seven different authors, all named Erin Cosgrove, and each novel, in its own way, subverts the romance genre's formula by carrying its logic to unromantic extremes. The result of these examinations fluctuates between criticizing, satirizing and supporting its subject, accentuating and toying with the ambivalence most of us feel when confronted with full-throttle romance.
The first book in the series, The Baader-Meinhof Affair, is, at its core, a study in the unlawful roots of romance. Courtly love - the beginning of western romance - is by definition adulterous love or love not sanctioned by the church and state. To this day the arts romanticize the outlaw: think Hollywood or the avant-garde. The Baader-Meinhof Affair continues this romance with the rebel by depicting the unlikely amour between a student studying sadistic serial killers and a Baader-Meinhof aficionado.
The Baader-Meinhof Timeline - which will be installed at Printed Matter from March 8 through April 19, 2003 - spans from the beginning of time to the moment the heroine gets dropped off at Norden College by her parents. The Timeline highlights real and fictional events relevant to The Baader-Meinhof Affair including the arrest of the Baader-Meinhof Gang and the date Fabio - who poses with Cosgrove on the novel's cover - first modeled for a romance novel. Ultimately the timeline posits The Baader-Meinhof Affair as fate, with all of history paving the way to its inception.
The Baader-Meinhof Affair is the first book to be published by Printed Matter, Inc. as part of its new Publishing Program for Emerging Artists, which was made possible through generous support of New York City's Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support has also been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, and the Heyday Foundation.
The Baader-Meinhof Affair is a trade paperback with a four-color cover and black-and-white interior, 248 pages, 6-3/4 x 4-1/4 inches, ISBN: 0-89439-010-4, and is priced at $14.95. The Baader-Meinhof Afair, and over 15,000 other artists' books are available from Printed Matter's website
For additional information, please contact David Platzker, Executive Director, Printed Matter, Inc., at (212) 925-0325
Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists' books and other artists' publications.
Printed Matter has received support, in part, through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York Arts Recovery Fund, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Art for Art's Sake, The New York Community Trust, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, The Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation, Heyday Foundation, The Kettering Family Foundation, CHS Foundation, The Liman Foundation, Fifth Floor Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Philip Morris Companies Inc., Women's Studio Workshop, Milton Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and private foundations and individuals worldwide.
Printed Matter, Inc. is not affiliated with, nor a division of, any other non-profit origination.
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