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"Our art-making process is concerned with a collaborative, mutual response to nature at its most primitive and wild. We aim to document the passing of animals and habitats that are here now, but may not be for much longer." - Olly & Suzi. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Since meeting as art students in 1987, British artists Olly & Suzi have made works together in the wilds of Alaska, the Arctic, the African bush, the Kalahari Desert, the Australian Outback, the Amazon, Borneo, Mongolia, and elsewhere. Olly and Suzi each live with their families in London. Greg Williams is a photographer who has accompanied Olly & Suzi on many trip over the past 10 years. His work also appears regularly in such magazines as Esquire, Paris Match, Stern, The Sunday Times Magazine and Vanity Fair. Clive James has become famous as a poet, critic, novelist, autobiographer, and television performer. Steve Baker is Reader in Contemporary Visual Culture at the University of Central Lancashire in England. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810942666
  • ASIN: B000IOEPAO
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,218,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Parker on June 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Simply put, this is an extraordinary book. A friend gave it to me and I do not know whether it is more a art, travel, nature, wilderness adventure, or photography book, because it defies classification, but in any event, it is a serious page-turner. I dont know where to start...the images from all over the coolest and most exotic places on earth, of some of the funkiest and loveliest paintings ever, are captivating. These guys live most children's dreams, they travel around, hang out with rare species of animals (some dangerous, some not), paint them and then get the animals to interact with the art - so they are at one with nature, creating stunning images and at the same time living at one with nature. A perfect gift for kids, visual artists, performance artists, photographers, or people with a sense of adventure or wanderlust.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "hannaroth" on May 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
For some time now i have had an idea about what it is Olly and Suzi are trying to do- a sense of their oneness with the natural world but until recently- until the publication of this book and being able to read their first hand accounts of their travels i haddn't been able to articulate exactly what is was about their site specific art that makes it so unique - untill now.
historical context- i have used that term alot in my reviews over the years, an artistic importance- contextulised by time and place. but the notion of a place in history has even greater relevance to olly and suzi's interactions and a more literal relevance to this new way of seeing the natural world. the work they make is in some ways a traditional response to a longstanding problem- a problem of how do contemporary artists represent the animal in a way that is new and alive -so as to eek out the truth about the wild and endangered places- the places where the wild things are.
this problem is simply solved by Olly and Suzi's direct experience out their on the tundra infront of a predator,a landscape and pack -a million miles from the cossited universe of the urban studio and all its negative trappings(working removed and second hand creating works that are devoid of spirit-dead and decaying in a tank of fermaldahide). the work in these pages exudes life. it is alive, bristeling and dangerous- a true confrontation of a mortality certain notible artists working in Britian today would do well to take note of and would be even luckier to emulate.
Olly and Suzi are an important artist- ironically due to a mutual resignation of the self.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have been a fan of Olly and Suzi's work for several years since their exhibit at the Natural History Museum in London. This book provides a tremendous story to accompany the amazing art and photos. Ideal for adventurers, art enthusiasts, and animal lovers. Highly Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
thank goodness we don't all listen to reviews like that below.... this book is anything BUT pretentious twaddle!
how can i describe it?.... it gives you so much - amazing photography, beautiful art, fascinating stories - and leaves you feeling positively up-lifted, excited by the world we live in and inspired to travel and take an interest in activities such as conservation.
olly and suzi are true artists, clearly passionate about the subject of their work. the work itself displays raw talent, honesty and beauty. couple this with the other wonderful elements of this book and you have a truly awesome document that i defy anyone not to appreciate.
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