Things that Art:
A Graphic Menagerie of Enchanting Curiosity
Trumpets, teddy bears, coat hangers. Words. Pictures. Categories. Enjoy!
University of Toronto Press, 2019. Available here.
Lochlann Jain's drawings are playful, wry, charming, and strangely, even a little profound.
Barry Blitt is an award-winning cartoonist and New Yorker cover artist.
Jain, with clever wit, has done the nearly impossible—taken apart the very category of classification. In this masterwork of graphic philosophy, metaphor elides with the literal as the basis of sorting and sense-making. With deft economy of means, Jain manages to take a topic that has puzzled many great minds and make its conundrums and complexities amusing for us all.
Johanna Drucker, Breslauer Professor at UCLA, is a historian of graphic design and an internationally renowned book artist.
Løchlann Jain elevates the list format into no less than a cabinet of curiosities with juxtapositions that amuse, disgust, inform, and break your heart, maybe all at the same time. You will never look at a hippo or a pair of lips in quite the same way again.
Lisa Brown is a New York Times bestselling illustrator, writer, and cartoonist.
Anne Brackenbury (my editor at UofT Press) interview: here.
BBC Radio London, Jumoke Fashola, September 29: here.
Art Daily, Jose Villareal, October 25: here.
The Times Higher Education, Matthew Reisz interview, October 31: here.
BiteIntoBooks, Review: here.
Linda’s Book Bag, Review: here.
Annabookbel, Review: here.
This is Lit, Review: here.
NB Magazine, Sara Boorman, November 28: here.
Book Brunch, Nicholas Clee, November 11: here.