Flood (Artist Edition)

Charles Harlan

Published to coincide with Flood, Charles Harlan’s first institutional solo exhibition in the US, this small-run, artist edition publication features the essay “Strange Utility” by curator David Everitt Howe, as well as installation shots of the exhibition, with a special hardcover made of asphalt roofing shingles—the same kind that constitutes one of the exhibition’s monumental installations, Shingles (2016).

This publication helps contextualize the artist’s practice, which gives everyday, industrial objects newfound aesthetic value. In the process, bricks, chain link fencing, and asphalt roofing tiles, among other materials, undermine — in the vein of the Readymade — given conventions of what constitutes a work of art and its institutionalization.