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52 weeks, 52 books

27 down, 25 to go

This isn’t really a book, but it does have words in, and I spent a good hour with it today, so as far as I’m concerned, it counts.. (as does the other volume that arrived this morning, which I’ll talk about later this week).

There simply aren’t enough volumes of Dave McKean’s work available. That said, we’ve been pretty fortunate this year, and have seen the Mirrormask storyboards book, the ‘making of’ volume, and now three more come along all at once. Just like buses.


“Postcard from Vienna” is, quite elegantly, a set of drawings inspired by two postcards sent to McKean by Jonathan Carroll, and then provoked by a new year visit to the city in 2005/6. That they’re quite beautiful goes without saying, what’s really interesting about them is seeing McKean’s drawing and thought process at work. Just like seeing the ‘making of’ sections on DVDs, the desire to see what Dave’s drawing looks like before it gets the full McKean treatment (which, ironically, is least evident in his best work, “Cages”) is overwhelming. This is what we get here, and we get it in spades. Small drawings inspired by Louise Bourgeois’ sculptures, responses to Schiele exhibitions, Barlach and others. There’s a phrase I can’t quite remember (hang on, I’m going to root around the bookshelf and see if I can find it. Bear with me).

There. Found it. It’s from a piece Neil wrote about Barron Storey in 1996, and here it is:

I learned many years ago, watching artists at work that drawing ability, while important, was not what separated the people who could draw and paint from the artists and the iconoclasts. What was important was the mind behind the hand, the mind behind the eye.

And that’s what we get a glimpse of here.

Next, oddly enough, “The Particle Tarot: Minor Arcana”.


3 comments for “27 down, 25 to go”

  1. Oh, I can’t hardly wait to see it.
    Beautiful Neil quote :)

    Posted by roberta | October 4, 2006, 11:33 pm
  2. Oh, I can’t hardly wait to see it.
    Beautiful Neil quote :)

    Posted by roberta | October 4, 2006, 11:33 pm
  3. Is ‘Postfarte’ really the German for postcard, or is that just unfortunate typography?

    Posted by Simon | October 5, 2006, 10:06 am

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