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Featured spreads are from A Bestiary of the Anthropocene: Hybrid Plants, Animals, Minerals, Fungi, and Other Specimens, edited by Nicolas Nova and DISNOVATION.ORG and published by our friends at Onomatopee Projects. Printed in striking silver-on-black with flush, pure black edges, this beautifully designed and remarkably well-written and researched international field handbook gathers notes on the evolving hybrid flora and fauna of the “post-natural” world we now inhabit as members of the Anthropocene era. Rock speakers, plastic-eating caterpillars, square watermelons, artificial turf, radioactive mushrooms and contrails are all addressed, alongside observations on bestiaries, artificiality, planetary indigestion, ferality and much more—all over the course of 256 pages and 90 duotone illustrations by Polish graphic designer Maria Roszkowska. “This bestiary of the Anthropocene aims at helping us observe, navigate and orientate into the increasingly artificial fabric of the world,” Nova writes. “It aims at encouraging us to pay attention, to perceive the nuances and the assemblage of a dark ecology that arose in the last decades.”
Makiko Kudo’s “Burning Red” (2012) is reproduced from Landscape Painting Now: From Pop Abstraction to New Romanticism, our best-selling 2019 survey edited by Todd Bradway and the genesis for Unnatural Nature: Post-Pop Landscapes, the show Bradway has curated for Aquavella Galleries in Palm Springs and New York City right now. “The wide-eyed girls who populate Makiko Kudo’s landscapes are the witnesses more than protagonists of stories that might take place within them,” Barry Schwabsky writes; “we see the verdant scene as though from their point of view: a double consciousness of a familiar place where, she says, ‘the scenery is shining in my eyes… burned into my brain.’ It is a hyperreality enjoined by feeling rather than by minute attention to details; what ties it to Pop is not the banality of the everyday but quite the opposite, a childlike wonder at even the most ordinary things (which, for instance, Warhol projected onto the Campbell’s soup his mother gave him for lunch every day as a kid).”
"Spiritual life cannot be delegated; true spiritual experience can only come from within, and it is only through individual effort to deepen the process that a state of grace can be achieved. Certain kinds of knowledge can only be earned, sometimes through effort, and other times through suffering." So said Hyman Bloom, the influential but overlooked painter whose work is collected in this essential monograph. Despite Bloom's European Jewish heritage, his lifelong interest in mysticism ultimately transcended any one religion, philosophy or point of view. Featured image is "The Stone" (1947).