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Edited by Mark Sloan. Introduction by Dr. Bella Menteur. Text by F. Scott Hess.
Co-published by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the Long Beach Museum of Art (2012).
Hardcover with gold filigree.
$35 + shipping and handling.
The exhibition follows Hessʼs ancestral lineage from 17th century England to the Puritan settlements of South Carolina and Georgia, where family members became key players in the War Between the States (1860–65). Through the prism of his ancestry, Hess examines the impact of false history and deception within each generation and throughout society as a whole, and questions the authority of these perceived “truths.” The ultimate subtext for the installation, which traces the trajectory of the Iverson, Patton, Nolan, and Hess family lines, is the seven-year old artist’s abandonment by his own father after a parental divorce.