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EdgyCute: From Neo-Pop to Low Brow and Back Again

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ISBN13: 9780981780597
ISBN10: 0981780598
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The resurgence in the popularity of illustrative art can be attributed to an array of factors. Although the acceptance of graphic novels as something more than "just comic books" has been established for quite some time, when McSweeney's released its all comics issue in 2004, the mainstream media's reaction elevated the medium, its words and images, to something beyond genre. As a result, such drawings and illustrations have found their ways into marketing campaigns, ads and galleries. While the work of individual artists varies greatly, much of it strikes an irresistible pose, whether viewers are staring at enlarged heads on distorted bodies or a shot-dead bird, its killer and a birdhouse both crying. The work is at once disturbing but oddly attractive. We here at MBP have dubbed this quality EdgyCute.

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The resurgence in the popularity of illustrative art can be attributed to an array of factors. Although the acceptance of graphic novels as something more than "just comic books" has been established for quite some time, when McSweeney's released its all comics issue in 2004, the mainstream media's reaction elevated the medium, its words and images, to something beyond genre. As a result, such drawings and illustrations have found their ways into marketing campaigns, ads and galleries. While the work of individual artists varies greatly, much of it strikes an irresistible pose, whether viewers are staring at enlarged heads on distorted bodies or a shot-dead bird, its killer and a birdhouse both crying. The work is at once disturbing but oddly attractive. We here at MBP have dubbed this quality EdgyCute.

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Grady Harp, June 2, 2010 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
A New World of Art for Many...relax, drop criticisms, enjoy the madness

EDGYCUTE is a term used by Harry Saylor to describe the odd conglomeration of images contained in this unique collection. By definition, it means 'cuteness on the edge of insanity' and refers to the at collected by Saylor form 1989 to the present - that once collected became roommates fleshing out Saylor's gallery of art. This book, under the first class design influence of Mark Batty Publisher, contains the works of a number of artists whose core is a variation of Pop Art pushed to the extremes of Disney and anime. As in Kathie Olivas' fine introduction she states 'Disney Poison, Anime Erotica and an affection for cult and the bizarre are just part of what enables the EdgyCute phenomenon. A growing subculture within the lowbrow/Pop Surrealism art movement of today, there isn't quite enough arm's-length distance to really justify or interpret the movement as a whole just yet. It continues to evolve and re-examine itself by each contributing artist in what should still be considered an introduction.'

What follows is the work of 48 artists of this movement (some with names as strange as their art!) divided into the following categories: Disney Poison, Poison Control, Evil Seduction, Mid-Century Nostalgia, Bizarre Grotesque, Heroes, and Surreal. They are is basically figurative, like a civilization of large headed dolls, aliens, and puns on the advertising schemes that flood our brains. Is it great art? Who knows how history with judge it. There are some famous practicing fine artists who use these ideas and images, especially from the vast amount of imagery rolling in from Asian countries obsessed with anime.

But give this large book a chance to get under your skin - and it will. This art is meant to do that: it i a wake up call to roust us out of the usual and accepted schools of classical, abstract, modern, neo-this and neo-that, etc. This is a dodgy ride through the imagination of a whole other group of creative artists, and these artists deserve at least our momentary attention this book provides!

Grady Harp
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780981780597
Subtitle:
From Neo-Pop to Low Brow and Back Again
Publisher:
Mark Batty Publisher
Author:
Saylor, Harry
Author:
Frisch, Carolyn
Subject:
Graphic Arts - General
Subject:
Graphic Arts - Illustration
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
General-General
Publication Date:
20090816
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
12.00x10.00x.90 in. 3.05 lbs.

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EdgyCute: From Neo-Pop to Low Brow and Back Again
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Product details 176 pages Mark Batty Publisher - English 9780981780597 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The resurgence in the popularity of illustrative art can be attributed to an array of factors. Although the acceptance of graphic novels as something more than "just comic books" has been established for quite some time, when McSweeney's released its all comics issue in 2004, the mainstream media's reaction elevated the medium, its words and images, to something beyond genre. As a result, such drawings and illustrations have found their ways into marketing campaigns, ads and galleries. While the work of individual artists varies greatly, much of it strikes an irresistible pose, whether viewers are staring at enlarged heads on distorted bodies or a shot-dead bird, its killer and a birdhouse both crying. The work is at once disturbing but oddly attractive. We here at MBP have dubbed this quality EdgyCute.
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