Helen Mirra: Edge Habitat Materials

2014, Whitewalls/Distributed by the University of Chicago Press
Speckled off-white book cover for Helen Mirra: Edge Habitat Materials featuring the title on a darker strip that resembles a piece of tape.
2014, Whitewalls/Distributed by the University of Chicago Press

ISBN 978-0-945323-25-9 150 b&w pgs, 90 die cut; 2 postcards, additions to follow

Edge Habitat Materials is a survey of all works made by Helen Mirra between 1995-2009. The book, in the form of a binder, includes texts by Bradin Cormack on walking as minimal aesthetic practice, Tom Wessels on beavers abandoning their ponds, and portions of Mark Siderits and Shōryū Katsura’s translation of Nāgārjuna’s Mūlamadhyamakakārikā. The survey is organized according to primary material—rock, wood, textile, and usw (un so weiter)—and includes line drawings by Mirra of certain of her works. Additions to the book–sent intermittently to readers who mail in a postcard included in the book–include texts by Liz Kotz, Yuri Tsivian, and Alise Upitis, as well as a cloth bookmarker made by Mirra. Models for this publication include The Audubon Society’s Field Guide to North American Mushrooms (1981), Daniel Spoerri’s An Anecdoted Topography of Chance (1966), and Richard Tuttle’s Small Sculptures of the 70s (1998). Edge Habitat Materials is produced by the MIT List Visual Arts Center and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and edited by List Assistant Curator Alise Upitis.