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Erica Baum: Dog Ear
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Perfect-bound. 72 pp, 7.25 x 8.5 in.
ISBN 978-1-933254-71-5
Publication Date: March 15, 2011

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The concept of Dog Ear is simple and straightforward: dog-eared pages of mass-market paperbacks are photographed to isolate the small diagonally bisected squares or rectangles of text. The photographs are formally quite neutral and sedate—cursorily reminiscent of Alber’s “Homage to the Square” series of prints, paintings and tapestries—but the text also demands attention and it is what allows or coaxes the viewer to linger. As Kenny Goldsmith says in his introduction: “The idea that there’s no one correct way to engage with an artwork is at the heart of Erica Baum’s Dog Ear series. Do we see them or do we read them? If we choose to read them, how should we read? Across the fold? Through it? Around it?  If we choose to look at Baum’s pictures, how should we see them? As artistic photographs? Documentation? Text art?”

With essays by Kenneth Goldsmith and Béatrice Gross.

“Her word play is at once, both deeply contemporary and achingly nostalgic, a mourning for a more physical relationship to knowledge.”
—International Center of Photography

“…proposes a divine (or poetic) perspective: a remote and contemplative observation of the world’s wild tumult.”
The Forward

Dog Ear is a perfect book to learn how to find the fun in reading poems that ask the reader to work, poems that ask the reader to participate, engage, judge, decide, involve themselves.”
A Public Face

“The work in Dog Ear seamlessly integrates process, visual poetics, fragmentation, and the use of found texts, four of the major currents in the past half-century of avante-garde poetry.–Sam Rowe, Full Stop

“The beauty and grace of Baum’s work is in its simple and elegant conception, regarding a traditional mode of reading/manipulating a text – the dog ear – with an eye to the contemporary age.”–Ben Hynes, Lemon Hound



04.08.14 | Erica Baum’s Dog Ear reviewed by The Found Poetry Review

12.14.12 | Dog Ear by Erica Baum is reviewed in the Kenyon Review

06.26.12 | Full Stop discusses Dog Ear

05.21.12 | Erica Baum’s The Melody Indicator published in Triple Canopy

12.12.11 | Dog Ear by Erica Baum is Derek Beaulieu’s year-end pick

11.14.11 | Dog Ear by Erica Baum is reviewed on the Lemon Hound blog

10.28.11 | Dog Ear by Erica Baum is reviewed in Lana Turner

09.28.11 | Dog Ear by Erica Baum reviewed in Revue 02

08.08.11 | Dog Ear by Erica Baum reviewed on Molossus

08.04.11 | Dog Ear by Erica Baum featured in the new issue of Shelf Unbound

06.24.11 | Dog Ear by Erica Baum is featured in the International Center for Photography blog

06.23.11 | Dog Ear by Erica Baum is reviewed in The Forward

06.21.11 | Dog Ear by Erica Baum reviewed on The Public Face blog

06.13.11 | Dog Ear by Erica Baum is reviewed on the Faded Paper Project blog

05.18.11 | Dog Ear by Erica Baum is featured on

04.29.11 | Erica Baum’s Dog Ear series is an editor’s pick in Art in America

04.08.11 | Dog Ear by Erica Baum and Neighbor by Rachel Levitsky featured in Jacket2

Erica Baum

Erica Baum received a B.A. in Anthropology from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.F.A. in Photography from the Yale School of Art. She has exhibited in New York, Baltimore, San Francisco, Kansas City, Berlin (Germany), Italy, and Mälmo (Sweden). Her work was included in the book Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography (Phaidon Press, 2006). She was a 2008 fellow in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include Shuffled Glances at Bureau, NYC, and Erica Baum: The Public Imagination at Circuit in Lausanne, Switzerland.