- 15 silk screened loose sheets, 8.5 x 11 in hard back screen-printed folio
- Edition of 100. Second Edition.
- Design by Tony Cokes and Elana Schlenker
- Published by Greene Naftali, New York and Image Text Ithaca Press.
The Black Banal, a limited edition, hand silk-screened portfolio, is a graphic blast of found text sourced and sequenced by Tony Cokes. Cokes channels the intense boredom and extreme anger generated by his encounter with the source material into an act of “minor deconstruction.” The fact that race was rendered marginal, and banal, in its original reading context makes the excerpts more resonant, intriguing in their isolation, producing new, broader connections in a different place and time.