Things That Art: A Graphic Menagerie of Enchanting Curiosity

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University of Toronto Press, Sep 27, 2019 - Art and anthropology - 128 pages

Lochlann Jain's debut non-fiction graphic novel, Things That Art, playfully interrogates the order of things. Toying with the relationship between words and images, Jain's whimsical compositions may seem straightforward. Upon closer inspection, however, the drawings reveal profound and startling paradoxes at the heart of how we make sense of the world.

Commentaries by architect and theorist Maria McVarish, poet and naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield, musician and English Professor Drew Daniel, and the author offer further insight into the drawings in this collection. A captivating look at the fundamental absurdities of everyday communication, Things That Art jolts us toward new forms of collation and collaboration.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Bunch of Drawings
8
Various Things
19
Drawings
28
The Whole the Sum of the Parts
41
More Drawings
48
Things That What?
65
Set of Drawings
76
Which Things Mean When
97
Contributors
109
Appreciations
111
Author
114
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Lochlann Jain is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University and a professor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King's College London.

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