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“Red”

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Category: Graphic Design

Mark A. Smith
United States

 

Description: Through personal memoir blending the innocence of childhood with the fears of growing up, this artist book incorporates hand lettering with a fragmented sentence "flipbook" structure to address the chaos and humor that comes with growing up gay in 1980's America. Within this flip structure, all of the juicy details (including a Southern Baptist upbringing, media representations of the AIDS crisis, and "coming out" to my mother at the local Red Lobster restaurant) are allowed to blur with one another, to reflect the confusion found within the struggle for self-discovery.


 

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