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published: Jan 2005
ISBN:9780921972440

Spirit Hunter

The Haunting of American Culture by Myths of Violence: Speculations on Jeremy Blake's Winchester Trilogy

by (artist) Jeremy Blake, by Philip Monk

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contemporary (1945-), film & video
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list price: $34.50
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published: Jan 2005
ISBN:9780921972440
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One cinema-architecture responds to another as the 19th century mansion of the heiress to the Winchester Repeating Rifle fortune haunts once again through the hallucinated images of American artist Jeremy Blake's Winchester Trilogy. Blake's invention of a new genre of art between video and painting is the medium through which Sarah Winchester's mad architectural project (constructed to appease spirits killed by her family's manufacture) transmits its ghostly inheritance. "Spirit Hunter" examines how its mythic haunting by violence reverberates today in America's wars. The book ranges widely through frontier myth, American foreign policy, technology, war, film history, psychoanalytic theory (Abraham and Torok's cryptonymy), and philosophy (Derrida and Levinas), as it weaves art analysis into the troubled history of a social artifact. As Blake tells his story purely through images issuing as haunting from the architecture of Winchester house, Spirit Hunter pursues its speculation on the secrets Sarah Winchester shielded through her fabled mansion into the image itself to question whether she was hostage to her haunting or to national myth. Winner of the 2006 Ontario Association of Art Galleries Design Award Curatorial Writing Award: Book and Design Award: Book. Text by Philip Monk. Designed by Lisa Kiss.

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