David Evans’ Critical Dictionary was published in October 2011 by Black Dog. We have all been involved in some way with David Evans’ online project, (www.criticaldictionary.com), and seeing this realised in printed form not only complemented the work David has been doing for some time now, but also provided a new platform for his interests in the idea of the ‘wandering image’ and the visual essay.
Black Dog Publishing provide an excellent outline of this publication, describing it as:
“Abandoning the conventional format of the dictionary, Critical Dictionary is an ambitious cornucopia of ideas, images, and illustrations, that emphasise the open-ended, provisional and unfinished nature of language, communication and meaning. Inspired by the mock dictionary Georges Bataille edited for ‘Documents’ in 1929 and 1930, Critical Dictionary is an adventurous title, aiming to puncture pretension, and declassify terms in a playful, humourous manner.”
The book received a good deal of press from sources such as Art Review, Aesthetica Magazine and the Huffington Post. David is currently working on another project with Black Dog – we will keep you posted!