The Island of California -- Nature -- Gardens -- Landscapes
Good Mourning California is a poetic vision of the landscape, nature, and gardens of California, illustrated with Barbara Stauffacher Solomon's own drawings, collages, and photographs. Her lively, mixed-media illustrations examine the images of the California landscape which so seductively and successfully represent the myth of paradise and the process by which this modern garden paradise is disappearing.
As in her previous book, Green Architecture and the Agrarian Garden, Solomon has also written the text, which traces the history of the "Golden State" from its mention in ancient myths to the present.
She combines her personal interpretations of her home state with the reflections of other California visitors, from early Spanish explorers - such as Hernan Cortes, who was in search of El Dorado, and Juan de Iturbe, who believed California was "a very large island and not part of the continent"--To writers like Mark Twain, Henry Miller, and Allen Ginsberg.
The text is itself a collage, inseparable from Solomon's art and her ideas about nature, and, like the illustrations, it "catches California, suddenly, and for a moment."
Symbol for male gender (astrological symbol of planet Mars) appears after the title throughout the publication.
Consists of an essay originally published in Eros and photography, and photographs originally exhibited at the Lawson de Celle Gallery, San Francisco in August 1977.
"Hal Fischer's book Gay Semiotics: a photographic study of visual coding among homosexual men (1977) is one of the most important publications associated with California conceptual photography in the 1970s. The new edition of Fischer's book reproduces the look and feel of the original volume, which reconfigured into a book format the 24 text-embedded images of Fischer's 1977 photographic series, Gay Semiotics ... Gay Semiotics: a photographic study of visual coding among homosexual men also features Fischer's critical essay, which is marked by the same wry, anthropological tone found in the image/text configurations. Fischer's book circulated widely, finding a worldwide audience in both the gay and conceptual art communities"--Publisher's website.