Seeing Things

Seeing Things

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
A first collection of charcoal drawings by the acclaimed author of The Frank Book captures the artist's obsession with alternate realities, hidden worlds, and the irrational in art in a volume that is organized into four sections--"Lazy Robinson," "Frogs," "The Visible World," and "The Portfolio in Color."

Norton Pub
Jim Woodring's charcoal drawings take the otherworldly qualities of his comics (The Frank Book) to a higher level of clarity and nuance. These crisply rendered images reflect his life-long obsession with hidden worlds, alternate realities and the inexplicable resonance of the unprecedented and irrational in lucid art. Seeing Things collects the most toothsome of these drawings and arranges them in four sections. "Lazy Robinson" is a series of portraits of forms taken by a cognizant object during the course of a specific and identifiable stream of thought. "Frogs" celebrates the tender proclivities of the most noble of all animals, by placing them in situations that would dismay a horde of saints. "The Visible World" is a roundup of appalling scenes of sub-rational political activity involving catalytic entities with a high ratio of motivation to altruism. And "The Portfolio in Color" appears like a rainbow at the end of all this exalted storminess to send readers out into the world whistling with delight. Many of these images were created for "Mysterio Sympatico," Woodring's multimedia stage collaboration with guitarist Bill Frisell. The rest were created to serve other needs. As promised, the grimmest drawings have been left out of this collection. There is nothing here that will upset the adventurous connoisseur of mysterio autentico, but there is plenty of echoless, glowing furniture to add to that already crowded storeroom which is briefly, but brilliantly, illuminated in the pages of this stately book.

Publisher: Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books, 2005
Edition: 1st Fantagraphics Books edition
Description: 104 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
ISBN: 9781560976486
Branch Call Number: 741.973 Woo


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Feb 05, 2018

I have just about all of Jim Woodring's books from ' The Big Book of Frank ', to ' Congress of the Animals ' and although these books have amazing qualities ' Seeing Things ' is a gallery of his masterpieces. This collection of drawings and paintings is powerful. It places Jim firmly into the category of of artists we call visionary, as if he was not there already. Immaculately painted scenes from a mind tortured and romanced by intense visions all of its life.

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