Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lillian Sizemore, Vegetative Parts and Living Creatures, Japanese accordion albums, pen, watercolor & black walnut ink, 2017

A beautiful handmade gift from the artist, who just happens to be my amore. Working with these blank Japanese accordions Lillian has created two quite distinctive hand drawn & painted works that come nestled inside "The Scorpion's" box.

"Vegetative Parts," 6 pages, Japanese accordion album, 1.25" (h) x 1.25" (w), extended 9.5" [Above] 

"Living Creatures," 6 pages, Japanese accordion album, 1.25" (h) x 1.25" (w), extended 9.5" [Below]

Monday, November 13, 2017

Estrella Vega, The Paleozoic: a series about life before the dinosaurs, (5 volumes) Vega Star Press, 2016

This wonderful 5 volume project by artist/designer Estrella Vega, came about through "...the realization that most people don't know what preceded the dinosaurs. Dinosaurs, because they were huge and fearsome looking animals, dominate our idea of prehistoric life. Though the Paleozoic doesn't boast huge animals (with few exceptions), it nonetheless laid the foundation of our modern world: from establishing the basic body plans of all existing life forms, to creating the coal deposits that fueled our industrial revolution. Through this series, I hope to demystify the events and life forms of that era to the lay person." The Paleozoic: a series about life before the dinosaurs by Estrella Vega — Kickstarter

Vega does a fantastic job of realizing her original idea with each of these 9ft long accordions comprised on one side of her beautifully printed color illustrations of the animals and landscapes from each time period and the reverse side has text and illustrations explaining the history and development of the animals and lifeforms forms illustrated overleaf. The five time periods covered are: 1: The Cambrian, 2: The Ordovician and the Silurian, 3: The Devonian, 4: The Carboniferous and 5: The Permian.

A smart presentation completes the package with one end of each accordion slipped into a sleeve in the hardcover jacket which allows it to be taken out and the whole accordion can be displayed free from the cover. 

In summary, this is a really great educational project that takes full advantage of the features of the accordion format to realize the artists' original intentions, but what really holds it all together are Vega's beautiful illustrations and the vivid dioramas she creates for her histories of these fantastic creatures. 

Each page of the accordion is 6" (h) x 4.5" (w), 24 pages, double-sided, fully extended at 9 feet and the whole set is available at the very reasonable price of $80 from her website at: Estrella Vega

The Paleozoic: The Cambrian (543-480 million years ago/mya)

The back of the accordion with texts and illustrations explaining the animals and history of the time period.

The Paleozoic: The Ordovician & The Silurian (480-444 mya)

The Paleozoic: The Devonian (420-359 mya)

Back of book
The Paleozoic: The Carboniferous (358-298 mya)

The Paleozoic: The Permian (298-252 million years ago/mya)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Gary Panter, Dirty Drawings, CBO Editions, late 1980s, [ed. 120]

I was really excited to receive this totally cool screenprinted accordion by bad-boy Gary Panter, and it does not disappoint! Amidst the turgid sexual scenarios splayed out across these pages Panter inserts a sea of turds that are just popping out of all the actors' was interesting for me to observe that the potentially erotic charge of this accordion was totally negated by the turds - unless, i suppose you are into scatophilia. Either way, this book is a winning combination of unforgettable subject matter done in a scratchy low-tech sort of style that entirely fits the contents. For more about this important artist: Gary Panter.

Update to the above: I recently received a letter from Panter in answer to my question as to the date of the book, here is his answer: "I don't really know the answer to your question. The drawings were done over a few years time in the 80s. I don't do a lot of dirty drawings. My friend Bruno Richard always asked me for dirty drawings so sometimes when I was working I would do these stupid drawings & thrown them under the table. After a few years in the late 80s I sent them to Bruno & a year or so later the book arrived in the mail." [ed note: Bruno Richard is a french artist based in Paris whose powerful drawings skirt the borders of good taste, bad taste and everything inbetween]

One-sided, 9 pages, individual pages 8" (h) x 5" (w), when open 45" (3ft 9").