Books Authored

Inside the Matrix: The Radical Designs of Ken Isaacs

By Susan Snodgrass
Chicago, IL, Half Letter Press, 2019
Pages: 80
Dimensions: 5.5 in X 8.5 in
ISBN: 9-781732-051416
Currently out of stock

Inside the Matrix surveys the highly individual practice of American architect and designer Ken Isaacs, whose populist, DIY designs created between the 1950s and 1970s challenged mainstream definitions of modernism. Highlighted here are Isaacs’s Living Structures, Microhouses, and Alpha Chambers, experimental living and educational environments that provided alternative solutions to the spatial and ecological challenges of midcentury modern life and continue to shape the present and future of environmental design.

Dans la matrice : le design radical de Ken Isaacs (French edition)

By Susan Snodgrass
France, Sombres torrents, 2020
Pages: 72
Dimensions : 8.2 x 11/5 cm
ISBN : 978-2-490241-07-1

Dans la matrice: le design radical de Ken Isaacs is available at Sombres torrents.

Select Book and Exhibition Catalog Essays

Enter the Matrix: Interview with Ken Isaacs

Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia (MN: Walker Art Center, 2015)

Bill Fontana: Soaring Echoes

Soundsculpture (Chicago: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2012)

Deborah Boardman: A Porous Space

A Porous Space (Gahlberg Art Gallery, College of DuPage, 2010)

Acting Ordinarily

Industry of the Ordinary Text Book: Notes Around the Margins (Chicago: Links Hall and Industry of the Ordinary, 2005)

Editorial (Select Projects)


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Books and Exhibition Catalogs:

Editor, Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, 2003-2013 (Chicago: Chicago Cultural Center, 2012), 200 pages.
ISBN: 0985296402

Editor, Anne Wilson: Wind/Rewind/Weave, Knoxville Museum of Art, TN, and WhiteWalls, Inc., Chicago, 2011), 163 pages.
ISBN: 0945323220.

Editor, Barbara Crane: Challenging Vision, (Chicago: Chicago Cultural Center, 2009) 252 pages.
ISBN: 093890342X.

Managing Editor, The Object of Labor: Art Cloth, and Cultural Production (Chicago and Cambridge, Massachusetts: School of the Art Institute of Chicago Press and MIT Press, 2007), 422 pages.
ISBN: 9780262122900.

Editor, David Hammons: In the Hood (Springfield, IL: Illinois State Museum/D.A.P. distributors, December 1994), 63 pages.
ISBN: 9780897921442.