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McHale, John.

Shoe-life stories.

ca. 1954.
Physical Description:
1 collage book ; 25 x 21 cm (closed)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
MSS 60 Box 4, item 2a
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Magda Cordell McHale
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Archives & Manuscripts
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"Shoe-Life Stories (circa 1954) sliced reproductions of faces vertically and alternated these with textures of objects from a jeweler's catalog."--Buckley, Craig. Graphic Assembly: Montage, Media, and Experimental Architecture in the 1960. University of Minnesota Press, 2019, page 50.
"McHale at this time abandoned the neural forms of his earlier work in order to emphasize the role of communications media. He wished to visualize how raw data (represented by torn bits of colored paper, newspapers, and magazines) might be organized by a human or mechanical brain into discrete messages. The collage books that he produced in 1954 (cat. no. 37) synthesized the themes of mass culture, information processing, and viewer participation. Each page of these books ... is composed of a collage cut into strips, so that the volume becomes a bound series of variable collages to be 'read' however the viewer wishes."--Baas, Jacquelynn. "John McHale" In The Independent Group: postwar Britain and the aesthetics of plenty. Edited by David Robbins. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, c1990
Subject Terms:
Human information processing.
Interactive art.
Popular culture.
Collages (visual works)
Collage books.

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