Remarks on Color
By Eve Wood
144 pages. Full color illustrations throughout
$32.95 | 9781954600225
Birds, animals, and odd characters populate this delightful and humorous book of imaginative color studies that resist pandemic-era social deprivation and general malaise with vivid, irreverent, and sometimes naughty personae.
Artist Eve Wood has a ribald sense of humor and for decades has had a distinctive presence in the Los Angeles art scene. Also an art critic, poet, and bird rescuer, the many facets of her colorful life come together in Remarks on Color, which was originally created as a column for the longest running art magazine in Southern California, L.A.’s beloved Artillery. So popular was the column that the editor encouraged Wood to create a book, pairing her watercolors and words together for posterity. In the collection, we get to live with Wood and her bestiary, contemplating the world’s marvels and its ills. Her dog sleeps on a Ukranian-gold and blue rug; her raven vacuums the house; characters from movies and art stand in for obnoxious or dreamy colors; and the birds – so many birds – sing of freedom.
Remarks on Color is a luminous tapestry of prose poetry that invites readers to embark on a chromatic odyssey. Wood’s stunning synthesis of familiar reality and surreal exaggeration illuminates the complex relationships, emotions and cultural associations we share with these spectral entities. In the journey through these pages, one encounters the vibrant Red who rebels against its fiery reputation, a Green that yearns for acceptance, a Yellow that basks in the sun’s glory only to be shunned in the shadows, and an Orange that grapples with its tumultuous ties to both warmth and warning. As the amused reader considers the significance of each color in their own personal spectrum, Wood serves up a feast and critique of the colorful world in which we live.
–Tyler Stallings, author of Aridtopia: Essays on Art & Culture from Deserts in the Southwest United States
PRAISE FOR FOR PAST WORKS
“Quickened by passion and imagination, the body of poems that makes up Love’s Funeral is astoundingly alive.”
“The exactitude of Wood’s language coupled with the strength of poetic vision, concretizes otherwise overwhelming themes into simple and beautifully executed poetic moments that are imbued with compassion and consideration of all that makes us divinely human.” —North American Review
“In a creepy-funny wall-work by Eve Wood, hooks in the shape of bent human fingers probe the space around a chunk of burled birch.” —Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times
“A fresh, saturated palette of emerald, crimson, azure, and canary and quirky expressive brushwork, as well as
distended figures and perspectives that at times approach outright caricature, sacrifice realism at the altar of post illustrative mannerism.” —Shana Nys Dambrot, Modern Painters
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eve Wood is a Los Angeles-based artist and art critic for Artillery Magazine, Tema Celeste, Whitehot, Art & Cake, and Riot Material. Her writing and poetry has been widely published in magazines and literary journals such as The New Republic, New York Quarterly, Poet & Critic, The Massachusetts Review, Best American Poetry 1997,The Denver Quarterly, The Santa Monica Review, The Seattle Review, and many others. She holds a BFA and MFA (1992, 1994) from California Institute of the Arts and an MFA from UC Irvine (1996) in creative writing. She is the recipient of a Jacob Javits Fellowship and a California Community Foundation Fellowship. Her drawings and paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries such as Susanne Vielmetter, Western Project, Ochi Projects, and Track 16 Gallery, which currently represents her. She is the author and/or illustrator of seven collections of poetry and chapbooks, including The Artists’ Prison (X Artists’ Books); her latest book of poems, A Cadence for Redemption (Del Sol Press) constitutes an imaginary conversation between Abraham Lincoln and a 21st century American woman trying to make sense of the chaos around her, with a focus on sociopolitical issues such as bigotry, hate crimes, war, apathy and personal responsibility.