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Author: Temporary Services
Publisher: Chicago and Auburn, Indiana: Half Letter Press, 2017, second printing November 2017.
Pages: 32
Dimensions: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Cover: soft cover
Binding: staple bound
Process: full color offset
Color: full color
Edition Size: 1000. Second printing: 1000 copies.
ISBN: 978-0-9818023-8-31

Temporary Services booklet #116 returns to our fixation on Public Phenomena, this time with a focus on abandoned signs from the Midwest (mostly Chicago, and Fort Wayne and Auburn, Indiana). Over 50 photos fill this full color booklet. Thanks to the group Fictilis and their Museum of Capitalism project and exhibition for commissioning this publication. From the back cover:

In many urban centers, we have more disused storefronts and retail architecture than can easily be filled with new businesses. Some of these spaces sit empty for years. There is a gaping disparity between the daily rhetoric of a capitalist society, and an honest assessment of the waste, repetition, redundancy, and inefficiencies of so much activity done in the name of business, productivity, and entrepreneurial freedom. Abandoned Signs are potent reminders of how much energy we put into things we don’t need that are irrevocably shifting the ecology of our planet. The photographs in this publication were taken by Temporary Services (Brett Bloom and Marc Fischer) between 2015 and 2017. The signs are primarily from Indiana (Fort Wayne and Auburn) and Chicago. We have been documenting material like this under the heading Public Phenomena, as a constant mode of visual research since we began working together in 1998.



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Abandoned Signs

Dave Anton on 30th Jul 2017

The concept is right up my alley (no pun) and it followed through upon perusing the pages. Excellent choices, angles and quality. the only thing I wished wished more for, was, well, MORE! The price was fair for sure (although the "$1.50 Handling" fee was weird--hearken back to Columbia House style marketing). Still well worth the price, but more would've been 5-star. Thanks guys!

Poignant reminders of what was and might have been

Bill Swislow on 28th Jul 2017

What do empty signs mean? Broken dreams of a small business owner? Failure of corporate designs? Brutality of capitalism? Inevitable decay of all things? They're something of a blank canvas on which we can project our own fears and disappointments. Nice to see some evocative ones documented in this fine little book.