I love things – especially things next to things.

Shoe lasts at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown Pennsylvania

When you say a word over and over you lose the meaning and hear the sound. The same thing happens visually with these shoe lasts.

In the recent Troika show I put together lots of white poked- paper pieces. (To see more of the show please read Margaret’s post here: Still Life: The Show.)

In a previous show at the barn I had assembled paper dolls.

And before that, bread (at the Davidson Gallery in 2001).

The individual objects might be goofy. Together they have a conversation.

Seattle artist Gregory Blackstock is a master of drawing things next to things. He gives us multitudes of objects without irony.

The repetition creates rhythm and delight.

Please click here for a radio story about Blackstock, a man who was a dishwasher for many years before becoming a renowned artist.

Joelle Jolivet creates oversized picture books full of bold and informative illustrations. Click here for a peak at her studio and printmaking process (in French.)

In their book Crabtree Jon and Tucker Nichols give us objects with a dose of humor. Like Julie Larios a few weeks ago here, Crabtree is wrestling with the problem of what to do with all of his stuff. Here he assembles everything that begins with the letter s.

Even the captions are broken in this collection.

I used objects to tell part of the story in this illustration from the new book Fearsome Giant, Fearless Child by Paul Fleischman.

Humble objects like spoons and bowls and brooms can tell stories.

Brooms at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Pablo Neruda had three houses in Chile, all crowded with his collections. In his book Odes to Common Things Neruda wrote about buttons, onions, socks, artichokes, to say nothing of the hat. His ode, word next to word, says it all.

Here is my illustration from Pablo Neruda – Poet of the People by Monica Brown.

I leave you with these cardboard boxes from Crabtree. Where else are you going to put all this stuff?

14 responses to “Muchly

  1. Only a family emergency kept me from your recent show. What a lovely article this is, as usual. Very excited about the new book.

  2. The links to Blackstock and to the radio story about him go to the Amazon page for your book instead. I’d like to hear that story, please!

  3. Loved this posting and have just forwarded it to several kindred friends. Thank you for assembling such an enjoyable sampling of things muchly.

  4. Love this post, Neruda’s poem and all things. Can’t wait to see your new book.

    • Julie Paschkis

      Thanks, Jama! Some of my favorite things are dishes. I have a feeling you might share that predilection.

  5. Thank you for this post, Julie. It turns on so many lights for me!

  6. Oh Julie, Your collection, thoughts, and art tugged deep at my soul and the beauty of everyday manmade life. The touch of the human hand and the inventive spirit leave us much to ponder. Thank you.

  7. Re: “collections” see” Everything is Illuminated” . I haven’t read the book but the movie is very good. it makes you think which is the purpose of a movie/theatre.

    • Julie Paschkis

      I read an excerpt of the book “Everything is Illuminated” years ago and loved it – I didn’t realize it had been made into a movie. I will look for it.

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