Remember Ken Kagami, who sketched everyone’s genitals at Frieze London in 2015? The Japanese artist messes with all kinds of fragments of art and pop culture, but he is mainly in it to make himself laugh. If he makes you a bit uncomfortable on the way, even better. His new illustrated zine, Dog House, revisits a playful obsession with Snoopy and Charlie Brown, who he literally joined together over the course of 96 pages in Freaky Dog and Freaky Boy. But this time, it’s just Snoopy, alone, as the title suggests, beside his house. And beneath it. And melting over different permutations of it, like some kind of Dali dog. And so on. Art book distributor Antenne Books cryptically suggests “healing will occur” within the simple line drawings on these 24 pages. Maybe they’re right. But Kagami is more level-headed: “Simple things stimulate imagination.”
Have you ever imagined Amy Winehouse or Nick Cave as a Chihuahua, Neil Young as a Vizsla, or PJ Harvey as an Afghan hound? That’s exactly what San Francisco-based artist Michael Gillette has done through his unique illustration project, blending beloved, iconic music legends, both past and present, with their dog counterparts. Pack of Dogs, our first foray into book publishing, is a joyful title designed for music, pop culture and dog lovers alike.
August 25, 2020