I love things – especially things next to things.
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.
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.
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?