Thursday, October 23, 2008

Matt Leines at Desert Island comics PLUG!!!

540 Metropolitan Ave Brooklyn NY 11211 718.388.5087
You Are Forgiven by Matt Leines
Book Release and Signing
Friday, October 24th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Desert Island, 540 Metropolitan Avenue,
You Are Forgiven, the first monograph by
renowned artist Matt Leines, is a lavish
hardcover book featuring more than 100
color illustrations and including an
introduction by art legend Gary Panter and
an essay by Taylor McKimens. A limited
edition silkscreen print will also be released
at the event. Leines will be signing both the
book and print.
You Are Forgiven provides a vivid retrospective of the past several years of Leines’ detailobsessed
and process-driven work. Through his graphic and illustrative techniques, Leines
blends imagery from his suburban American youth with iconographic visual traditions from
far-flung civilizations and traditions, creating a highly original, modern psychedelic stew. You
Are Forgiven offers an in-depth look into the world of Matt Leines, beautifully assembling his
diverse and intricate body of work into a lavish hardcover book.
“… Matt is mapping the collective art of a none-existent tribe in a no-mans-land far away. Exotic and
invincible. A magnanimous people, yet possessed of a fierce and independent spirit, forged and
tempered by age after age of adversity or calm, calamity and advantage. Centuries of plenty and eons
of famine – everlasting warfare and subterfuge. Maybe he will tell us everything about these nations
and maybe not. Yet, we can learn much about them by observing the artifacts produced by so great
and tenacious peoples.”
Gary Panter
“… Matt is relentlessly inventing extraordinary characters and the scenarios that envelop them. The
imagery has the strangely familiar look of medieval or archaic artwork. But as much as it appears to
have been unearthed in some archeological dig in the ruins of an ancient lost civilization wrought with
mysterious powers and gods, very little of it is directly referencing any specific historical artworks or
imagery. The intricate line work and patterning lends a timeless quality which is then shaken up by a
clash with subject matter that seems to reference multiple times and dimensions.”
Taylor McKimens
PUBLISHED BY: Free News Projects
FORMAT: Hardback, 9.5 x 10.925 in. / 144 pgs / 125 color.
ISBN: 978-0977652358 PUBLICATION DATE: 10/15/2008 PRICE: $45.00

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