Art Mike Stice Wolfgang Bloch

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Wolfgang Bloch

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9780811861014: Wolfgang Bloch

Wolfgang Bloch sees waves everywherein the ocean, in the grain of wood, in the core of a surfboard that he has sawed in two. Using all of these different media, Bloch creates simple, evocative paintings that transform ocean waves into otherworldly compositions of color and shape. His work captivates surfers around the world, and this first ever monograph of Bloch's workdesigned by luminary David Carsonfeatures his best pieces, alongside a soulful account of the artist's life. This gorgeous book of waves is a collaboration between two of the surf world's visionaries that will resonate with beach lovers everywhere.

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About the Author:

Mike Stice is a professor of English at Laguna College of Art and Design. He lives in San Clemente, California.

David Carson is a world-famous graphic designer. He lives in Charleston, North Carolina, and New York City.

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Bloch may not be known far from the ocean-side galleries and coastal collections that make up the surf-art scene, but this first monograph should introduce him to a broader audience. Bloch grew up surfing the beaches of Ecuador, and his somber and enigmatic canvases have never lost the influence of the waves. Departing from typical surf art, Bloch's paintings are dark, textural, and not particularly representational. In the introductory essay, Stice (English, Laguna Coll. of Art & Design) offers a brief biography and charts the trajectory of Bloch's imagery, succeeding more in placing him high among surf artists than staking a claim for him in the larger art world. Much of the book is made up of full-page, full-color images (over 125), which are beautifully reproduced but on uncoated paper. Designed by David Carson (coauthor, The End of Print), this book is a wonderful object; shifting text sizes, migratory column widths, and sporadic page numbering may enhance visual effect, but they also diminish readability. Recommended for collections with strong holdings of contemporary American artists.—Kraig Binkowski, Yale Ctr. for British Art, New Haven, CT
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