Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Fiction. California Interest. African & African American Studies. Latinx Studies. Middle Eastern Studies. Women's Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Art. Film. Music. Art Criticism. BLANK SIGN BOOK is a collection of innovative art writing from poet and essayist Anne Lesley Selcer. Writing in the confluence of politics and aesthetics through the work of Ana Mendieta, The Otolith Group, Juliana Huxtable, Dolores Dorantes, Janet Cardiff, Ragnar Kjartansson, and more, Selcer's debut collection culminates the interdisciplinary thinking and formal risk of fifteen years of public critical writing.Selcer's work has been nationally and internationally commissioned and solicited by museums, galleries and art magazines. Anchored by the feminist, queer, and decolonial thought of Susan Sontag, Saidiya Hartman, Lisa Robertson, Micha Cárdenas, and many more, BLANK SIGN BOOK explores representation from the image to the agora. The essays are embedded deeply within the pleasure of art and the power of artist. They consider topics from the materiality of the internet, protest, sound, and gentrification, to teenage literary obsession, femicide, and decolonized time. BLANK SIGN BOOK unfolds within Selcer's decade long investigation of Western beauty, from which two award-winning poetry publications have emerged. With lyricism, incisive clarity and a deep commitment to the power of art and artists as a vehicle for experimental advocacy and radical insight, BLANK SIGN BOOK displays Selcer's capacious and assiduous grasp as an art writer and cultural thinker to be read for decades to come.BLANK SIGN BOOK emerged from Anne Lesley Selcer's tenure as inaugural Art Writing Fellow at Southern Exposure.
An art writer and poet in the expanded field, Anne Lesley Selcer's work has been commissioned by museums from San Francisco to Vancouver to New York to Korea. Recent essays appear in Hyperallergic, Art Practical, and Jacket2. She has held individual residencies at Krowswork, Mildred's Lane, and Southern Exposure galleries, and participated in residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts and SF Cameraworks as a member of the Nonsite Collective. Selcer's first full-length poetry collection, SUN CYCLE (Cleveland State University, 2019), was selected by CA Conrad for the 2018 First Book Poetry award. Poems have appeared in the Chicago Review, Fence, Action, Yes!, and Gauss PDF, among other places. Collectively, her art writing and poetry has been included in nine anthologies, most recently New Media Art 2017 (Cica Museum). Her collection, from A Book of Poems on Beauty, won the Gazing Grain Chapbook Award in 2014. Her latest book of literary nonfiction is BLANK SIGN BOOK (Wolfman Books, 2019).Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA