Thursday, August 4, 2011

Celluloid by Dave McKean

Turning the page of Celluloid, Dave McKean's new graphic novel and seeing a full-page spread of an ejaculating penis is disconcerting, no matter how mature and sophisticated the medium has become. McKean is best known for his surreal and often macabre cover collages for the seventy-five issues of the beloved comic Sandman. His work has always been interested in the visual language of fantasy and dreams. Here, McKean is attempting to subvert hardened notions of both comics and pornography. It's a book that gets the blood racing just as it raises questions that just won't go away about the nature of art, porn, and the male gaze.

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