Ugly Duckling Presse


Laura Nash

Nonfiction/Art | $15 $12

Across the country, illegal dumping, toxic waste contamination, and abandonment have left plots of land and the buildings on them unusable. These are brownfields. In some instances invisible, in others an eyesore, these dead zones radiate blight into surrounding neighborhoods, chasing away residents and collapsing property values. The Brownfields project looks at these empty places, which distort and discolor the fabric of social space as well as the contemporary experience of place and landscape. This artist's book, packaged as an unbound stack of oversize cards reminiscent of the laminated information cards that museums sometimes make available to visitors, is intended to make these usually overlooked sites visible, giving us the opportunity to notice them and to consider and respond to the forces that created them.

About the Author

A graduate of Parsons and of the Bard MFA program, Laura Nash has had solo exhibitions at June Bateman Gallery, Madam Vox, Museum Ferner Geggenden (Hamburg), White Columns, and the C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center, among other venues. She has taught at ICP and at Pratt Institute and currently teaches at Brooklyn College. She lives in Brooklyn.