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Brandon Bird's Astonishing World of Art Paperback – August 27, 2013
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"The quirky compilation is also somehow cathartic, dredging up nostalgia (lots of old-school Care Bears and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle references), while remaining utterly ridiculous, so much so that no matter how immune one is to the treacle of low-brow culture, it's sure to amuse."
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About the Author
Brandon Bird is an artist most known for his tendency to paint figures from history and pop culture in absurd situations. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Brandon Bird is the voice of a generation...a swan in bearded man suite, a mother and a lover. The man you and I hope to one day be. Get this book!
From personal experience, I can relate to job related but extracurricular artistic work, and I think it was brave for the author to publicize his work. Bravo! Said the T-1000... :-)
I have to say, when the package arrived and I opened the book for the first time I was blown away by how awesome it is! It's truly an incredible pop culture reference guide. And the way that Brandon Bird so seamlessly combines such juxtaposed iconography is simply masterful.
There's not only black and white line drawings, but there's also a section of full color reproductions of paintings, as well as stickers, color by numbers (which are hilarious in their complexity) and finish the drawing type drawings.
It's just a really fun book and I'm glad I bought it. My only conundrum is if I should actually color and draw in it and cut it up or keep it mint and pristine. Maybe I should buy a second copy!
Yes, this is a book of "cultural references"; however, this is 'pop-art' at its best, truest form and you can tell because it's not just the artist's work taken from one medium to another; instead, it has been recontextualized in a new form, a book that feels like a strange mash-up (not unlike the mashed-up subject matter itself) of activity books, Tiger Beat and other such cultural effluvia familiar to anybody forced to endure a family vacation during the 80s while between the ages of 5 and 10.
One of the reasons why this works is that the art is great. Brandon is a talented painter and illustrator and this, along with the thoughtful selection of the subject material, is what makes this book wonderful.
And the stickers are great. It's worth it entirely for the stickers.
I personally own 3 of his pieces and have proudly hung them in my living room and Office. "Killing Machine" has started many interesting conversations and enjoy "KING OF THE CAGE" as it hangs behind my computer monitors. I've also spread my love of Brandon Bird to others with "LAZY SUNDAY AFTERNOON" "UNCANNY VALLEY" and "SIR IAN". However this Christmas everyone is going get a socking stuffer from Brandon Bird and a set of colored pencils!
...Ok, if you don't get that reference, you need to check out Brandon Bird's work. His art is masterful, creative, zany, AND hilarious. I was so excited to find out he had a book coming out and it. is. awesome.
I've never seen anything like this -- it's a ridiculous mash-up of art, humor, celebrity, and craft projects.
I'm going to order a couple more copies for my friends. It's just that good.