Book Launch for The Bears by Ben Critton '06
Alumni News & Notes
By Briana Wagner '13
August 18, 2011
Printed Matter has announced a launch for a new artists’ book by Ben Critton '06 titled The Bears. A reception and signing will be held August 19, 5-7 p.m. at Printed Matter, located at 195 Tenth Ave, between 21st and 22nd Street in New York City.
Printed Matter writes: "The Bears is a book about Bears, created by Critton in response to a series of encounters that occurred in Chelsea, New York, between July, 2008, and December, 2010. The publication seeks to present a notion of bearishness by tracing back the subculture to its Western American roots in lumberjacking, motorcycling and frontiersmanship. Using as its jump-off points the California state flag, the constellation of Ursa Major, and the phenomenon of the so-called Bear Code, The Bears goes on to delineate Critton's relationship to the animal itself, to representations of (and cultural references to) that animal, and to the individuals that have co-opted the designation 'Bear'."
At Hamilton, Critton majored in art and creative writing.