Want Ads


Why with so many online alternatives do we still have these unreconstructed want ads?

Are they a vivid testimony to the limits of design?

Are these ads simply primitive and crude — yes.

Clearly the medium is the massage.

WANT ADS is a collection of low resolution imagery Rick Valicenti pulled from the internet, then manipulated and fondeled each pixel to make a commentary on virtual connections and onscreen porn.

The book premiered as part of Valicenti's exhibition, (MAYBE) THIS TIME, at Loyola University's Ralph Arnold Gallery, and it was bound 18 x 22" in an edition limited to 15 by Classic Color.

Rick Valicenti