“Things That Art: A Graphic Menagerie of Enchanting Curiousity” by Lochlann Jain is a very unique “art” book. It has a way of causing the reader to reconsider common expressions and representations of things that Jain categorizes in different sections by placing things together that both go together and then don’t really fit.
It is an art book in that each page is a different collection of items or phrases illustrated by a picture all with a common theme or word that ties them together. There are several sections that divides the book with commentary by Jain and others regarding the section that follows.
As someone interested in art and books, this is an engaging read for me. I think how the parts are presented is thought-provoking and stimulating. One could read through the book in one sitting but also come back to it over and over and see new things each time through. In a way, this art book is almost like poetry in pictures. I found a lot of connections throughout the book that felt like poetry in a way.
Don’t be tricked by the cover, this book contains mature pictures and themes and is intended for adults only.
I received this eBook free of charge from University of Toronto Press via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I did not receive any fiscal compensation from either company for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.