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5.0 out of 5 stars Surreal, 27 Aug 2005
This review is from: Dreamland (Hardcover)
It's a shame none of the words were written by Mr Schorr as this would have been a fasinating insight! It instead mingles with theories on why he might have painted what he choose to paint, and does'nt give any artist secrets away.Me, I personally think he is just in tune with what commercially sells.
The prints are amazing and it has close ups and pencil drawings before they were painted, which is a bonus! and it comes in a protective plastic case with the artists name.
If your into 'lowbrow' art this is a must.Me-very happy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dystopic Dreams, 10 April 2010
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dreamland (Hardcover)
Within art and music there's always a sneaking feeling I could have done that if I had applied myself, learnt some technique or had the break. Then those moments of self delusion are stripped, unmasked and trampled upon. Gazing at the intricacy of Todd Schorr's artwork is one of those moments.

Ultimately even though a craft is learnt it comes down to you either have it or you don't. On a trip to Tate Moderne with a psychiatric patient I saw the canvases and installations through his eyes. Sheer psychological negativity emerged, an unremitting fascination with breakdown, decay and debasement. He was an artist, inhabiting institutions since being abandoned at birth, spending his adult years in psychiatric units. The artworked, joyless abstractions quickly turned to dust as the self evident naked posing of the artists became translucent in a self conscious enforced negativity.

I mention this because Todd deals with the negative but also captures a luminescence of joy. He never surrenders to kitsch whilst pursuing his own visual madness. Madness abounds in his paintings but an alchemy takes place. He transforms it by connecting to a distrubed innocence,never delving into sadness but exploring an inherent aggression. These images are fascinating for their techniolour beauty. They are the populations of the imperfect lysergic dream where the world becomes awry and malevolent, populated with childhood figures developing imperfect revengeful adult forms. Carnival totems transform into carnivores, a toys revenge of opium induced senses. Lewis Caroll alongside Bosch brush aside the velvet curtains to allow the viewer to enter a dystopia of multi hued revenge of the oricular senses.

I showed the book to the patient and the connection was made in a second. Institutions seem to have that effect on people either consciously or subconsciously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hieronymous Bosch for the 21st century?, 24 Dec 2012
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M. Bridgeman "Silverscreen" (exeter devon U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dreamland (Hardcover)
I received my copy of this book on xmas eve, so doubly pleased! I have only seen a small amount of Mr Schorr's paintings, but it was enough to make me want to buy this volume of his collected works. I honestly believe that if Hieronymous Bosch were alive today, he would be doing allegorical paintings like these - a modern day swipe at consumerism, greed and commercialism in all its guises. From cartoon and horror film icons to plastic surgery via way of fairgrounds, nursery rhyme characters and commercially recognisable figures and symbols, nothing is sacred. (I liked the disgruntled looking Betty Boop in 'The Spectre of Cartoon Appeal' and Olive Oyl, from Popeye, as a nude model for a sculptor in 'The Dawn of Miracles'. I could go on, but you get the idea . . . . ?!) This may be classed as 'lowbrow' art, which I love, but this really is the 'highbrow' of lowbrow, if there is such a thing? It is great fun to lose yourself in these paintings; there is soooo much to see and rcognise/recall from years gone by!
The colours are rich and vibrant, the fact that many of the larger works have detailed sections viewable really is a bonus - and although the informative accompanying text to each image is not by the artist, it certainly is enlightening.
The book itself: Top marks to Last Gasp Press for a publication of outstanding quality. Beautifully bound, good paper stock with a 'reduced glare' finish, and as one other reviewer so rightly said, a good solid plastic sleeve with the title and artist printed on the front; a very nice touch indeed! Worth every single penny!
Based on this volume, I shall certainly b looking to acquire another book fo mr Schorr's work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Popping Art!, 26 Mar 2011
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M. Green (UK) - See all my reviews
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Just received my copy and I am over the moon with this book. The quality is top notch and the artwork is guaranteed to give you eyegasms aplenty! Highly recommended!
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