Dear Rick Astley Please Forgive Me
An Artist Book by Amanda Andersen
A short memoir of an awkward young girl sending hate mail to Rick Astley through apology letters as an adult. It was the 80’s; she was a pre-teen troll, pre-internet.
The book includes five open letters to Rick Astley, over fifty drawings and a corner flip book. In addition to the charming narrative, the book tackles themes of collecting , ownership and authenticity through it’s graphic exploration of Rick Astley collectibles from the 80s and their the secondary market value.
This book works together as a conceptual art project with the NFT collection Dear RICK ASTLEY where each drawing from the book is a single NFT. The images were drawn digitally using actual collectibles for sale on the web as reference. By listing these drawings on a digital collectibles market–where an NFT retains it’s grace & beauty for all time without having to depend on the owner’s camera skills or lighting techniques to best represent and resell it–the Dear RICK collection’s traits include how the original listing was styled and photographed as well as how Rick appears in the image.
Published by Shot Put 2019
Edition of 200
17 x 24 cm (6.7 x 9.45 inches), 68 pages