The Ground

by Tate Shaw

Book, 2013

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"Tate Shaw's The Ground started with photographs made between 2010 and 2012 in a geothermal area of Iceland and at hydrofracking and former coal mining sites in Pennsylvania. The photographs were printed with an inkjet printer on heavy printmaking paper and then water was applied to wash out areas of the ink. The resulting images are interwoven with a personal essay where Tate recounts a period when he lived in a pastoral part of Pennsylvania now inundated by the natural gas industry. This essay book is about personal and historical failures to access the ground, both literally and metaphorically, as a source of energy and grasp its power"--$50/Marc-2014-link.html (as viewed on April 29, 2014). "It began as a blank book. The self-imposed assignment was to make this book from all white materials, white paper and cloth, take it on an early morning walk in the forest, and bury it. I would return every morning thereafter, dig it up, turn a page, and then return it until the ground had printed the entire book"--Tate Shaw, preliminary page.… (more)

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