Bunny in the Moon by Tara McPherson
The latest hard-covered volume of Tara Mcpherson’s art, Bunny in the Moon complies her art from 2009 to 2012 in 112 pages. She writes in Acknowledgement section “the third time is the charm so they say, and you know what? I agree”, and I agree as well with that sentiment. I thoroughly enjoy her putting the effort to continually publish books of her work, especially in such a digital age where many artists settle for having a website and gallery shows (that are not accessible unless you frequent New York or LA). Bunny in the Moon has much the same format as the previous books except there is no comics included in her latest. Like the previous 2 books there is sketch work and her structure of dividing the book into paintings, posters and sculptures. However unlike her last book Lost Constellation, this comes across as meatier and doesn’t relay as heavily on repeat images in the paintings and the poster sections as well in showing every painting’s sketch. Although keep in mind that most paintings and posters have the sketch work included, and the book is compiled with sketches getting around 40% of the space. I enjoyed the artwork from Bunny in the Moon and although she does not depart from the symbols that are present in all her earlier work it comes across refreshing. There is an evolution of her work without missing out on the things fans have come to love about her style. After being disappointed with Lost Constellation, I was very pleasantly surprised by this book and think for any fan of her work that it is a must. If you are new to her artwork, I highly suggest picking this one up as her bright vibrant work will delight you. For the next book, I hope there is not such a focus on sketch work but I guess we have 2 more years to see!
Don’t forget you can check out her website as well, its lovely!
“Lost Constellations” – by Tara McPherson
Lost Constellations is the 2nd book featuring Tara McPherson art, its hard covered, 8.5″ x 11″ with 112 pages. This book showcases her art from 2009 and her first book Lonely Heart in 2006. I love her unique sense of fun, and its great that she shows you all elements of her art career, showing you the paintings and the posters that come from it as well as her sculpture work and comics. This is the middle book in her series, so far she’s put out one every 3 years, 2006, 2009 and 2012. She goes pop surrealism painting on a variety of materials as well as silk screening posters for contemporary rock bands. Her color pallet is very unique to her and her style and I love the imaginary she uses in her work. She is one of my favourite contemporary artist, and she seems like a very down to earth artist who is not full of themselves or her success. I am always genuinely surprised that more people do not know of her, considering musicians seek her out to do posters for their concerts. There is some downside to Lost Constellation as its not covering a long period of time the work featured is sometimes repetitive. Its more a complete look at what she’s been doing instead of showcasing just her best pieces. She alternates from full pages pieces to showing one side sketch drawing with the other one being the painting completed. I like this style and she uses it for all of her three books, however on Lost Constellations it feels a bit more repetitive and the same old same old; I did not get this feeling with her other two books. Perhaps having less pages would make it seem a bit tighter and less formulaic. It is really nice to see her sketch work, especially on the posters she does for bands but when it happens on almost every page it almost gives an impression to me like there wasn’t enough complete pieces to show. Her vibrant art, works best when its side by side another painting, and not a black and white sketch. However its genuinely nice to see her before sketches, it just doesn’t work as well in Lost Constellations as it does in the other two books. I really enjoyed it and if you are a fan of hers, its a must have, however if you are new to her art I suggest buying her one of her other books first to get into her world.
*for a compelte look at Lost Constellations click below, and more of her art check out: Tara McPherson