The Tract House

Tract by Gail Swanlund
Tract by Michael Ned Holte
Tract by Andrea Zittel
Tract by Roman Jaster
Tract by Kenneth Pietrobono

In collaboration with Los Angeles artist Lisa Anne Auerbach, I designed 62 tracts for Lisa’s project The Tract House, which was shown in conjunction with the exhibition Cottage Industries at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore from May 31–August 24, 2008.  I also designed the Tract House logo.

Lisa describes the project: “The tracts were written by friends, neighbors, acquaintances, website visitors, and friends of friends. While most popular tracts are religious, The Tract House tracts can be nearly anything—manifestos, diatribes, stories, rants, poems, or lyrics. They can be about whatever the writer finds pressing, whether it be something personal, professional, political, domestic, local, or global.
Gallery visitors were encouraged to peruse the many tracts and take home what they wish. It is hoped that the tracts will educate, activate, infuriate, obfuscate, titillate, inspire, upset, and irritate. The tracts can be treasured or passed on, crumpled in disgust or venerated, folded up and put through the laundry, or left on a car windshield.”

More information, including downloadable pdfs of all tracts can be found on the  Tract House website and also on Lisa Anne Auerbach’s website.


May 2008


Collaboration with the artist Lisa Anne Auerbach.