A unique handmade book and graphic e-book, "Wht is a Kardashian?" uses a special technique of overprinting images and texts onto existing sheets of book paper to create a singular reading experience that captures the chaos and flavor of the famous Kardashian family. A cacophony of images from ancient Rome flow alongside text "written" by a font designed by Chan that rewrites words into short provocative phrases evoke a cascade of Kardashian-like feelings and thoughts that would otherwise lay dormant in one's inner being.
Paul Chan is an artist who lives and works in New York. His work has been exhibited widely in many international shows including: Making Worlds, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, 2009; Medium Religion, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2008; Traces du sacrê, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2008 and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, 2006. Recent solo exhibitions include Paul Chan: The 7 Lights, Serpentine Gallery, London and New Museum, New 2007–2008. In 2007, Chan collaborated with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and Creative Time to produce a site-specific outdoor presentation of Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot in New Orleans. Chan’s essays and interviews have appeared in Artforum, Frieze, Flash Art, October, Tate etc, Parkett, Texte Zur Kunst, Bomb, and other magazines and journals.
Itz sad, but tru, duh
FYI: the review below sums up the population on which this book is about
A CHAOTIC REFLECTION ON CONTEMPORARY POPULAR CULTURE, Wht Is A Kardashian? uses layered references of Roman civilization and glimpses of the South during Twainian era. And it does so quite liberally.
Pieces of historical artifacts—the Pantheon, description of
Metropolis, Roman busts—as well as stock graphs, and illustration of steamboats of the south—each a fascinating symbol for civilization, power, humanity, and speed in their own rights— are ‘x’ed out, turned right-side-up and defiantly over-layered with texts, or rather, acronyms that Chan doesn’t bother to explain the meanings of. As afraid as I am to admit that “Kardashian” is becoming a household name in America, so are minted acronyms, and as uncomfortable or sour this subject matter may be, Wht Is A Kardashian? is a visually stimulating and rather graceful piece.
What's a kardashian?
I don't see the point of this book. It really confused me and it had nothing to do with the kardashians!