Karen Hanmer

Artists' Books & Installation

Gallery: Civics Lessons

New Work History & Culture Sculptural & Movable Book Structure Modelse Toys & Games Science & Technology Place/Time Altered Bindings Civics Lessons Photo-Based Work Archive Thrifty Picks

Title: House of Cards

House of Cards

House of Cards

House of Cards | 2007 | $400

Jacob’s Ladder: Pigment inkjet prints, binders’ board, polypropylene
Illustration in collaboration with Henry Maron

20.5 x 3.5 x .25" extended | 2.5 x 3.5 x 1.25 closed

Edition of 30
An image of the White House deconstructs as text on reverse documents blunders and evil-doings since the 2001 inauguration.


Exactly what we’ve come to expect of Karen Hanmer’s work: structure and content in lockstep, meticulous craft, pointed and unsubtle satire eliciting immediate visceral response. Again she reminds us that emotional impact doesn’t depend on complexity. The only incongruity is emotional: the books reference nursery rhymes, toys, and the innocence of children; the minimal text of House of Cards—from Abu Ghraib to Paul Wolfowitz—elicits from at least one reader tears of loss and frustration.
— Bill Stewart, Vamp & Tramp