A Field Guide to Weeds masquerades as a 19th century pocket guide, but a guide in which the weeds themselves have taken over.
Beck’s innovative project uses the physical form of the book as a metaphor for a crack in the city sidewalk: printed in luscious five-color printing, the common dandelion, pigweed, and poison ivy—the very plants we ignore, step over, ignore, dig up, or scrupulously avoid—creep out of the gutter, up pages, and overrun the book. Multiple silhouettes overlap and repeat, drawing the reader’s attention to the overlooked. The book features a brown silk ribbon marker.
Published by Printed Matter, 96 pgs, 12 × 17.5 cm, Hardcover, Colour Offset, 2008, 9780894390265