Love is Blind
Love Is Blind
All right, pop quiz. Pop-culture quiz. What could personal ads, Imelda Marcos’ shoe collection, and canned cat food possibly have in common? Love, that’s what. Love — and its substitutions and misfirings — is this sly little photo book’s theme. With its nervy, questionably random juxtapositions (an NRA ad beside Fred and Ginger, Ronald Reagan against Jesus Christ), it clearly belongs to the ”right back atcha” school of design and politics (hence the inclusion of both the Vietnam memorial and ”Love My Carpet”). The most fun quality of the book is also its most frustrating: There are barely any credits to speak of, so the immediacy with which you recognize, say, John Wayne Bobbitt’s severed unmentionable tends to startle. Love is Blind is a bemusing valentine, maybe, but hardly a boring one.