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Andrew Hem: Dreams Towards Reality Hardcover – September 1, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Zero+ Publishing (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193722208X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937222086
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,882,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frederic on October 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book collects a range of work by Andrew Hem, a young Cambodian-American artist influenced by graffiti, anime, and classical realism. It includes several photographs of graffiti he and his crew produced, and some of his own more recent such work, as well as his paintings on canvas and small objects and in sketchbooks. The book is beautifully printed in vivid colors on quality paper, and nicely bound in cloth with a fine jacket.

The text is relatively sparse, with an essay by Amanda Erlanson to contextualize his life and work, a short paragraph introducing each section of work, bios and catalog-style listings at the end. The works are produced at large size on the generous pages, with the sketchbook works reproduced showing the full sketchbook pages, binding edges, etc. Several of the works are printed across two facing pages even though they don't fill both pages, which one can see in the sketchbooks is also how he paints in those. Very interesting.

The art is strongly evocative, sometimes quite realistic and other times grounded in worlds of what-if -- particularly the paintings imagining that the Killing Fields had never occurred and the children killed there had lived and grown up. Blues, rich and varied, dominate the color palette in many works. One sees stories both in individual works and in the juxtapositions, and I particularly like the way sections in the book follow Hem's life events (especially his trips to Cambodia and Chile).
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By C. Helser on June 11, 2013
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The artwork presented in this book is of the highest quality. It is perfect for studies on Hem's work as well as the next best thing from seeing his work in person. After only after brief correspondence with Hem, and speaking to him of his work I can proudly say I'm a total fanboy and hooked on his work.

If you are an art student interested in exploration of color, contrasts, and an artist who has excessive control over his media. This book is for you. One of the best buys I could possibly ever make for my own personal library. Seriously tons of full color images from previous shows since his first major debut, some drawings, but above all NEVER SKIPPING the heightened quality of the image.

If you're even debating about this book I highly suggest you don't think and just act. Buy it. Your eyes and brain will thank you.
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Amanda Erlanson is a writer, art collector and editor of the art blog Erratic Phenomena. She grew up in backwoods New Hampshire without electricity or television, her nose buried in dusty old books, where she discovered a passion for Golden Age illustration. While slacking off from her job shelving books in the art history library of Dartmouth College, she learned most of what she knows about art. After earning her bachelor's degree from Dartmouth, she headed west to pursue graduate studies at California Institute of the Arts. She now lives in Los Angeles, where she divides her time between the entertainment industry and the art world, and delves into the hearts and minds of her favorite artists through her exhaustively researched interviews. Recently, she co-authored the books Andrew Hem: Dreams Towards Reality, Dabs Myla: Midnight Fantasy, Edwin Ushiro: Gathering Whispers, Chris Berens: Mapping Infinity, and Heroes & Villains, and contributed essays about Mark Ryden to his Rizzoli collection, The Gay '90s, and his massive Taschen monograph, Pinxit.

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