Seasons

OK, I admit, I’d never heard of Blexbolex before I saw his stunning Seasons on the new book shelf at the library. But I wish I had. School Library Journal: “At first glance, this work may appear to be a simple concept book. Four spreads depict the same landscape during each season. Then Blexbolex turns to images of objects, activities, and concepts that remind readers of life’s everyday and unusual occurrences as days and months pass. Above each image is a one- or two-word caption printed in block capitals. Sometimes the relationships between illustrations are straightforward, as when cocoon appears opposite butterfly. Other times, turning the page results in contrast or continuity. For example, a scene recalling Manet’s painting of people on a picnic is followed by debris left after their departure. Still other connections occur pages apart as characters or objects reappear. The red-and-white house from the initial landscapes can be spotted in several places, sometimes in perilous circumstances such as flood or tornado, but also during snowy silence. The striking artwork demonstrates Blexbolex’s mastery of printmaking… Attentive readers will find new connections with each perusal.” Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: if you like art. Illustrations: five jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on September 12, 2010.

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