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Classification of a Spit Stain
Classification of a Spit Stain

Ellie Ga

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Buy"meticulously documented and photographed to surprising effect"

Classification of a Spit Stain is the result of Ellie Ga’s two-year project photographing and analyzing stains on city pavements throughout the world. Accompanying the photographs is a classification system which organizes the stains according to various qualities such as substance and longevity. A combination of urban flaneurie and garbology, Classification of a Spit Stain is a mysterious field guide to the landscape underneath the soles of our shoes. The original version of this artist book, made in an edition of twenty-five copies, is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, Yale University, Brown University, and UCLA’s Dickson Library, among others. This trade edition was produced in response to sustained interest. This book was funded in part by grants from the NEA and from the Jerome Foundation (via CLMP).

About the Author

Ellie Ga
Ellie Ga's projects explore the limits of photographic documentation and span a variety of medium, often incorporating her exploratory writing and culminating in performative lectures, videos and installations. After an artist's residency in the archives of the Explorers Club in New York, she spent the winter of 2007-2008 as the artist-in-residence aboard the Tara, a scientific expedition in the Arctic Ocean. Her work from the expedition has been exhibited recently at Galerie du Jour, Paris, Subject Index at the Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden and Storyteller at Projekt 0047 in Oslo, Norway. She has performed The Fortunetellers at Museo D'Arte Contemporaneo, Palermo, Sicily and in New York City at MOMA/PS1 Contemporary Art and for the Edifying series at The Bruce High Quality Foundation University. Her artist's books are in the collection of MOMA, NYPL and Yale University.  Ellie Ga is currently living in Brooklyn.

Advance Praise

In Classification of a Spit Stain, the marks, stains and textural details of urban sidewalks are meticulously documented and photographed to surprising effect by Ellie Ga. Ga acts as a scientist/anthropologist/garbologist addressing human relics left on sidewalks. —Denise Dooley