on 20 January 2013
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it's subjective.
Personally, I knew from the start there would be pieces in this volume that would not strike a chord with my taste, and some border on revulsion, but that's what art does, provokes a reaction, and revulsion is a striking colour on any palette. There pieces are mixed, from digital to traditional, from drawn to photo manipulated, muted tones and live. Its a great study of the darker sides of symbolism and surrealism mostly, or just plain wierd and wonderful.
The pieces make you think, or at least react in some way.
The only reason I have marked this dark little gem down is that there seems to have been a little issue in the lay out of the print in places. as with some illustrated books, occasionally you will get the wide image that needs to be spread out across two faces and naturally the binding down the middle does marr its beauty. However, in this book, that has not been done simply to a wide image. It ruins one small image placed slap in the middle of the seam, making it hard to see properly, and there are one or two medium images shifted more one way than the other that then causes the seam to be through the focal point of the image, I appreciate the lay out living out its artistic vision, but not at the expence of the art its showcasing.
That, and the fact the print heavy black may have made some pages stick together at the edges in some copies, is the only problem.
Otherwise its a wonderful little trapse through the dhadows.
on 27 June 2012
The presentation of the artwork is exceptional and the book itself is physically of a high quality. However I would've liked a lot more information on each of the artists represented, not least a list of any of their own publications or failing that just a list of their websites. How an art book can neglect to provide such information these days is something of a mystery to me.
As it is, it's a nice coffee-table book and not much else.
on 13 July 2012
I liked the video review by 'Parka'of this book and although the video itself was somewhat 'quick', I saw enough to make me decide to order it. Inside are several artists whose work I have discovered, along with quite a few I haven't until now. Worth every penny, but has to be said that some, for my money, are more enticing than others. Artists like Tara McPherson, Audrey Kawasaki, Elizabeth McGrath and Kris Kuksi are rightly so pretty well established, and liking them as I do, it was also very refreshing to find a host of others that should, by rights, have their own art books! (I have looked on Amazon, but cannot find solo works by Jasper Goodall, Gary Fernandez, someone called 'Lost Fish' - very much in the style of Kukula - and Jeff McMillan, to name a few)
If you have a liking for lowbrow art, sensuous art, together with decadent and disturbing imagery, then this is worth having in your collection.
In addition, I also like the design of the book itself, with a glossy 'cut' sleeve, a matt black irregular embossed inner cover and with black edges to the pages. All credit to the publishers - viction:ary (sic) - for taking the time and trouble to make this volume slightly more unusual. My only criticism? None of Ray Caesar's artwork included!