"For the past three years, I have been making work about white American masculinity. I am scarred but exceptionally privileged by it, and thus responsible to address it.
White American masculinity is a construct. It is the subtext in detergent and power tool ads, crystallized at football games and in sermons, described in the design of little boy’s clothing. It undergirds our politics and religiosity, and permeates our homes. And it’s scary.
You may notice that if you aren’t white enough or man enough, they’ll put you through hell. They’ll tease you and shove you down and feel better about themselves for beating you. So am I winning yet, I ask? Have I won the American dream? When others look at me, do they know that I am both the problem and the activist? I know what I’m fighting against. And I am it." Shane Rocheleau, January 2018
You are Masters of the Fish and Birds and All the Animals is the first monograph from Shane Rocheleau, and the second project from Gnomic Book, to be printed in an edition of 500. Following the model of KNIVES, we are taking pre-orders of the book and selling limited edition handmade prints of Shane's work, signed by the artist, to enable us to print the book in Germany with the craftspeople at DZA: Druckerei Zu Altenberg.
For more information, and an expanded version of the interview in the film above (which originally appeared in Aint Bad Magazine's Curator's Choice issue), please read this recent conversation between Shane and SVA's Stephen Frailey in Dear Dave Magazine.
Shane Rocheleau was born in Falmouth, Massachussetts in 1977. He received his BA (1999) in Psychology and English from St. Michael’s College in Vermont, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (2005) in Fine Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and his MFA (2007) in Photography and Film from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He has taught photography as an Assistant Professor of Art at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, as an Adjunct at numberous institutions, and presently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at VCU.
Rocheleau has exhibited in the United States, Spain, Russia, Brazil, Australia, Ukraine, The United Kingdom, India, and Germany. He has been featured in several online and print publications, including Lensculture, Lenscratch, Humble Arts Foundation, Aint-Bad, A New Nothing, Paripe Books, Der Greif, and the New South Journal of Art and Literature.
He currently lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.
Risks and challenges
Printing any book is a labor of love and requires skill, experience, and patience. We were very happy with the finished results on KNIVES, but it wasn't an easy journey and some of the books were delayed due to production problems and shipping challenges. We had to set up our fulfillment partnerships from scratch, which involved learning a lot about global tax laws - but now we have a turnkey solution in place.
We envision a smoother ride on this project, and aim to be on press in early March, to deliver beautiful bound, finished results by April 2018.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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