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It Is Right to Draw Their Fur: Animal Renderingsby Dave Eggers
"In the beginning, there is nothing, just white space. Then comes the outline of the animal, and then the fur. Finally, Dave Eggers draws what he thinks the animal might be thinking. Eggers's ritualistic rendering — done mostly late at night, all with the same kind of Sharpie marker, and employing a concentrated and contemplative procedure over and over to get to the heart of the animal's thought — makes It Is Right to Draw Their Fur: Animal Renderings nothing less than a form of ecstatic prayer, an astonishing and beautiful litany of an animal poetics that teaches us how to be more human, more thoughtful, simply more." Kevin Carollo, Rain Taxi (Read the entire Rain Taxi review)
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This book echoes questions posed by Eggers in "McSweeney's Issue 27": What is the line between a doodle, a cartoon, a gag, and a work of fine art? This full-color package will be a combination of 26 large-sized prints and an accompanying booklet.
In time to coincide with a gallery show in San Francisco, this is Dave Eggers's first collection of drawings. Most of these works are of unusual mammals, most often accompanied by slogans with ancient, heroic, or just plain odd overtones. This full-color package will be a combination of 26 large-sized prints and an accompanying booklet.
This book echoes questions posed by Eggers in McSweeney's Issue 27: What is the line between a doodle, a cartoon, a gag, and a work of fine art? Does it seem, sometimes, that the artist is defacing his or her own work by adding text? Is loose draftsmanship appealing, in that its intimate and disarming? Is absurdity more appealing when it comes across as humble?
About the Author
For most of his youth, author/editor Dave Eggers was an aspiring painter. After college, he was a cartoonist and illustrator for dozens of magazines and newspapers. In 2008, he curated a show for apexart (a nonprofit art gallery in New York) featuring the works of René Magritte, Francisco Goya, Andy Warhol, David Shrigley, Kurt Vonnegut, Shel Silverstein, Raymond Pettibon, and many others.
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