What Nerve!: Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present by Dan Nadel, Dominic Molon, Roger Brown and Robert Cozzolino (RISD Museum of Art/D.A.P) $40.00 - What Nerve! reveals a hidden history of American figurative painting, sculpture and popular imagery. It documents and/or restages …
by Joe Kessler
Published by Breakdown Press
74p, color, 7.25"x9.5"
A motion through color and architecture, Kessler's work is some of the most successfully painterly comics I've seen in recent years. Windowpane #2 is not remarkable in terms of its storylines or character depth but it packs a whollop resting almost entirely in it's stunning visual design, functioning at it's best when it strikes out wordlessly to explore the spaces it creates. Telling you why it's good seems to fail, but once you see it, it explains itself perfectly - emotion through image, taking full advantage of the risograph layers to deliver some memory burn pages. -EF