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Selected Interviews and Essays

Dike Blair is part of a tradition of artists who also write. From an early point in his career Blair has worked on parallel paths, with his writing both reflecting and influencing his artistic production. His paintings and sculptures celebrate momentary conditions of light and the skewed formalism of retail displays. Yet in his writing, the restraint he deploys in his art explodes into a voracious appetite for the complex interrelations between creative work and commercial culture.
Again is a fascinating tour through the breadth of Blair’s interests, with essays on a variety of contemporary artists, such as Richard Prince and John McCracken, as well as interviews with sci-fi authors, movie special effects teams, and industrial designers. Blair ventures far beyond the usual contours of the art world, introducing readers to retail anthropologist Paco Underhill, robotics scientist Hans Moravec, and furniture designer Xavier Lust as well as acquainting us with the Minneapolis Skyway and the Akari floor lamp. Accessible to experts and laypeople alike, Again is the product of an inquisitive thinker examining his interests and influences from a number of angles and making inspired connections between them.

144 pages | 24 color plates | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

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Table of Contents




01     Auto-Emotive Design: Interview with J Mays

02     Meanderings on The Age of BLUR and blah, blah, blah

03     Fast on His Feet: Interview with Gordon Thompson III

04     The Tree

05     Celebratory Spaces: the Rockwell Group’s immersive architecture and an interview with David Rockwell

06     Interview with Xavier Lust

07     Bondi Blue: Interview with Jonathan Ive

08     Corporate Collage: The Minneapolis Skyway

09     Flip-Flopping Fictions and the Interface of Some Spaces:
         Interviews with: retail anthropologist Paco Underhill; store owners
         Gina Alvarez and Stefan Boublil; and gallerist Gavin Brown


01     James O’Barr-Shadows on the Wall

02     We’ve Got Twenty-Five Years

03     Steve DiBenedetto

04     Otherworldly: interview with John McCracken

05     Interview with Hudson of Feature Inc. 

06     Grappling with the Context: interview with Artforum’s new editor, Tim Griffin     

07     Strange Haze: Drugs, Artists and Art:
     Interviews with Richard Prince, Fred Tomaselli, Motohiko Tokuta and Stephen Pesce, M.S.W.

08     The Cell’sMates

09     Akari floor lamp (Model UF3-S),

10     A Reflection or Two


01     Retiring The Human Race: Robotics scientist Hans Moravec

02     It’s Always the Same: Interview with Jack Womack

03     An Attractive Repulsion: Writer Carl Zimmer and Parasite Rex

04     The Whole Ball of Non-Zero-Sumness: Interview with Robert Wright

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