How to Transition on Sixty-Three Cents a Day. Pressing Issues.
How to Transition on Sixty-Three Cents a Day.

How to Transition on Sixty-Three Cents a Day.

Portland, OR: EM Space Book Arts Center, 2013. Krist, Lee. One of 163 copies. Thirty-one postcards from Oregon, a replica of a prescription slip, an over-punched Stumptown Coffee rewards card, a faux “Get Out of Jail Free” card, a page torn from a men’s magazine, a poem printed on green copy paper, and a strip of film document the non-linear narrative of artist Lee Krist’s gender transition. Every postcard is addressed to Krist’s mother in New York, and while their recto images spur feelings of hope and adventure, their verso texts offer insight into the painful, literal flipside of Krist’s travels: his mother’s displeasure, the prejudices he suffers, his frustration at his slow reaction to hormones, the ineptitude of the healthcare system. The other materials likewise play between expected whimsy and actual darkness. The magazine clipping shows a smiling man, and printed next to him is a joking exchange that declares that he owes his charm to his lack of female secondary sex characteristics. The back of the rewards card is stamped with “postponing redemption.” The “Get Out of Jail Free Card” has the disclaimer that it permits the bearer to be “perceived as male with no prior discussion.” The memoir these disparate pieces tell is one of strength, self-knowledge, and bravery, but all at a price of family and comfort at every turn. All items housed in a film canister. Fine. Item #30483

Price: $650.00