Hail, Cretin!

Inspired by literary precedents such as automatic writing, by the resourcefulness of the bricoleur making do with what is at hand, and by the openness toward chance that all artistic production under severe constraint must necessarily incorporate, Cabinet’s “24-Hour Book” series invites a number of distinguished authors and artists to be incarcerated in its gallery space to complete a project from start to finish within twenty-four hours.

The second volume in the series, artist David Scher’s Hail, Cretin! features the melancholy peregrinations of a demi-centurion missing his upper half. Wandering through a land over which his forces perhaps once held dominion, our protagonist—a lonely postimperial half-man who seems fated to permanent homelessness—now experiences the flowers and stones of the landscape as if for the first time.

About David Scher
David Scher is an artist living in New York City. He is represented by Pierogi in New York, Galerie Jean Brolly in Paris, and Galerie Ute Parduhn in Dusseldorf. In 1969, he cofounded o.n.e.m., a performance and music group that has persisted.

Cabinet wishes to thank the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their support of this project.

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