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The Father Costumeby Ben Marcus and Matthew Ritchie
Synopses & Reviews
Behold a stunning world, made mostly of water, where clothing changes people's behavior and time itself can be worn and discarded like cloth. Witness a father who takes his two boys out to sea, in flight from some menace at home, thus launching their adventures in a strange and dangerous territory. Artist Matthew Ritchie's striking images blend scientific diagramming with vivid, colorful renderings of the apocalypse, while writer Ben Marcus's cold prose plumbs the inner workings of two boys caught out at sea with a father whose costumes grow increasingly menacing. In this collaborative work, Ritchie's and Marcus's shared obsessions of mythology, physics, and ancient texts have produced a conjunction of text and image in which people themselves are merely costumes for the darker needs that drive them. Looking at [Matthew Ritchie's] paintings is like being in Dorothy's cyclone — one minute a one-celled organism wheels by, the next minute a sequence of skulls streams along from a school chart on evolution.
In The Father Costume, a collaboration between artist Matthew Ritchie and writer Ben Marcus, a stunning world is evoked, made mostly of water, where clothing changes people's behavior and time itself can be worn and discarded like cloth. Here a father takes his two boys out to sea, in flight from some menace at home, and thus launches their adventure in a strange and dangerous world. In The Father Costume, Marcus' and Ritchie's shared obsessions produce a work where people themselves are merely costumes for the darker needs that drive them.
About the Author
Ben Marcus was born in Chicago in 1967. He is the author of two novels, The Age of Wine and String and Notable American Women.
Matthew Ritchie was born in 1964 in London. He lives and works in New York.
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