PRINT November 2002



Jeremy Deller is an artist who gets down with the people, wherever he happens to be. Based in Britain, where he has created artworks with coal miners (The Battle of Orgreave, 2001), marching bands (Acid Brass, 1997), and Manic Street Preachers fans (The Uses of Literacy, 1997), Defier spent much of the past year in residency at the CCAC Watt’s Institute in San Francisco. The result of his stay is an unlikely art project: an unorthodox (though usable) guidebook to the once Golden State. After the Gold Rush is a ninety-six-page collection of maps, history (penned by Matthew Coolidge of the Center for Land Use Interpretation), interviews, photographs, drawings, and an audio CD (which includes, among other things, songs featuring Irish banjo player William Whitmore). Defier taps into more than a hundred years of California history, from nineteenth-century miner mania to post-dot-com doldrums,

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