by Michael Dumontier; Neil Farber
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 12 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 21 Sep 2021
Drawn & Quarterly, Drawn and Quarterly
Two of Canada’s most famous visual artists take on the book medium in their own hilarious way
Library is a collection of paintings by two of Canada’s most influential contemporary artists, Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber. From the simple premise of the book title comes a series of images that are laugh-out-loud funny. A collection of book covers adorned with titles painted in simple handwritten fonts are displayed on brightly colored hardboard. Each book forms part of an ongoing series Dumontier and Farber started in 2009.
In Dumontier and Farber’s Library, titles like I Lost the Human Race, Change Your Relationship to Your Unchangeable Past, and I Have a Medical Condition That Makes It So I Don’t Have to Talk to You offer surprising and astute observations, all in the duo’s characteristic deadpan style. The simplicity of the shapes and text evokes an immediate but lasting profundity, with each piece causing one to wonder about the thoughts that roam their consciousness, and the books that take up residence on their—and our—shelves.
Dumontier and Farber are founding members of the influential art collective the Royal Art Lodge, and have been collaborating on art projects for more than fifteen years, exhibiting internationally. Library is playful and insightful as it pokes and prods at the human condition.
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Average rating from 8 members
Stunning. I really liked the whole concept of book titles as art and the different configurations. After a while It did get a little repetitive but some of the titles were so clever they made me grin.
Library combines two of my favorite things art and books. Two Canadian contemporary artist painted books with creative titles. I found my self snorting, giggling and outright laughing at some of the titles the authors/painters came up with. A few were so esoteric I'm not sure I caught the humor. This is the kind of book you can read through in 15-20 minutes or you can go slower and read titles aloud to people around you. This is appropriately in the humor section and it brightened up my day. Thank you NetGalley and Drawn and Quarterly for a temporary ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review.