Saturday, July 3, 2010
Saeki Toshio's ONIKAGE
If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know I love the mind-bending work of Saeki Toshio.
In the most peculiar and surprising ways, he sings my song.
Clearly, he sings the songs of others, too, because he is somewhat of a cult phenomenon.
His latest collection of previously unseen work, Onikage, has been published by San Francisco-based Last Gasp. It is a stunner. Also stunning is the size (it's huge) and the low price.
I'm not home much lately, but when I am, I eat my my morning oatmeal with blueberries and bee pollen crystals while leafing through these enchanting works of a deeply fertile imagination.
This image above, which echoes Todd Browning's Freaks, is one of my favorites for what it suggests and what it celebrates.
These scans are merely sections of larger pieces. Due to this book's size, it is impossible to fully scan the pages with a standard scanner. I only include these here to give you a taste of the magic to be discovered when you purchase a copy of this sensational book.
There is a rare interview with the artist and several overlays which illustrate his unique working methods.
"In the modern world, where one rarely stops to think about the truth behind the moment, you might enjoy it if you take a peep at my mysterious and strange illusions. To those who frown at them, I want to place the drawings right in front of your face and ask if you really disapprove. I'm always thinking how wonderful it would be to give shape to psychological pictures which everyone hides and holds deep within them."