Sean Landers: SIC

Say for instence that I thought my life was worth describing every ugly detail of and that I was deluded enough to think my jerking off in my studio was something higher than what it is…’ So begins the artists’ book Landers entitled [sic], after the editor’s term for ‘as it was written.’ [sic] reproduces a single extended writing performance piece from the early 90s just as it was written out by hand on 454 sheets of yellow notebook paper. It is all scrupulously unedited and replete with not just misspellings and grammatical errors, but agonizing insecurities, sexual fantasies, delusions of grandeur, pointless ramblings and banal trivialities. Originally published by Publicsfear in 1993 in an edition of 250 copies, the book struck a nerve–writing in Artforum, Jan Agvikos called it ‘humorous, prattling, seriously insincere, self-deprecating nihilism’–and [sic] soon had the distinction of being one of the few artists books ever picked up by a mainstream publisher when Riverhead Press re-issued it as a mass-market paperback. [sic] is a defining work in Landers’ career and one which played a pivotal role in the re-emergence and re-imagining of conceptual artistic practice that took place in the 1990s.

pp. 454; paperback. Publisher: Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, New York, 2010.

ISBN: 9780982074787| 0982074786
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Say for instence that I thought my life was worth describing every ugly detail of and that I was deluded enough to think my jerking off in my studio was something higher than what it is…’ So begins the artists’ book Landers entitled [sic], after the editor’s term for ‘as it was written.’ [sic] reproduces a single extended writing performance piece from the early 90s just as it was written out by hand on 454 sheets of yellow notebook paper. It is all scrupulously unedited and replete with not just misspellings and grammatical errors, but agonizing insecurities, sexual fantasies, delusions of grandeur, pointless ramblings and banal trivialities. Originally published by Publicsfear in 1993 in an edition of 250 copies, the book struck a nerve–writing in Artforum, Jan Agvikos called it ‘humorous, prattling, seriously insincere, self-deprecating nihilism’–and [sic] soon had the distinction of being one of the few artists books ever picked up by a mainstream publisher when Riverhead Press re-issued it as a mass-market paperback. [sic] is a defining work in Landers’ career and one which played a pivotal role in the re-emergence and re-imagining of conceptual artistic practice that took place in the 1990s.

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