Synopses & Reviews
Marcel Dzama credits such disparate sources as Nosferatu, The Wizard of Oz, Dada, Fluxus, de Stijl, and dreams as influences. Art in America called his work a blend of the Brothers Grimm and Nancy Drew. All these suggest, without quite capturing, the curious world of this Canadian artist. Working more in demi-monde than monde, Dzama litters his dreamscapes with engagingly eccentric creatures, from twisted versions of folkloric and historical figures to fragile superheroes and bleeding mutants. The Berlin Years collects 32 of his brilliantly whimsical drawings, presented in a box and printed on the same kind of frameable stock he uses to create his originals. A cult favorite for his idiosyncratic approach to his art — he famously uses root beer to create the effect of bear fur or a tree torso — Dzama here shows why he’s sought after by such luminaries as Beck and Nick Hornby, and collected by Jim Carrey and Steve Martin.
Marcel Dzama has changed everything about art that involves alligators and men in bear costumes holding guns. Dzama is from Winnipeg, and his work shows frequently in New York and on Beck's album covers. Sometimes he paints with root beer. This book it's not even a book at all, really is an envelope with 32 loose-leaf prints good enough to frame; plus a scrapbook; plus an insert card; plus an introduction by Sarah Vowell, recently brought back into existence after a long absence and it's a wonderfully multifaceted introduction to the work of a really amazing artist.