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Études—The Poetry of Dreams + Other Fragments
by John Marx, AIA

Not your usual architecture book, Études is a collection of watercolors inspired by the built and natural environments coupled with poems by San Francisco architect Marx with creative typography by graphic artist Jeremy Mende. The paintings and poems are divided into eight distinct sections: moments in time, apertures, absent nature, objects in nature, without intention, approaching abstraction, deconstructing perception, and improvisations. Printing on actual watercolor paper gives the book a tactility that brings the viewer/reader closer to the work. Three guest essays look at the work in the context art history. Marx’s own essay explores the creative process. Intrinsically understanding the sentiment of man and nature is an important point Marx wants to relay to audiences. He succeeds through the vibrancy of language and art.

ORO Editions, 2020, 160 pages, hardbound; $65.

 

 

 

 
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