Aessemblage: Aesop's Fables Recycled by Artist Scott Rolfe
. Bang Printing . Brainerd, MN ,
PA3855.E5 R66 2012 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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What an explosion of imagination! The book presents twelve assemblages of old tools, parts, kitchen utensils, and sheer junk! The foreword by MC Di Venanzio rightly proclaims of viewing one of these works This is truly a magical moment. These objects are indeed something new, yet still recognizable to us all. In the early pages, Rolfe talks about his art and his steps into bringing together his art form and Aesop's fables. For me, the key is the moment when visual art wants and needs story. For Rolfe, it was when a homage to Henri Rousseau needed something more. The static lion-in-a-jungle image took on a new dimension, and the experience hooked me on Aesop's Fables (9). Rolfe creates his own versions of the stories. I notice, for example, that his hare keeps falling back in the race to taunt the slow tortoise. In MSA, not only the donkey but both father and son tumble into the water! LM; DS; The Rat and the Elephant; WS; FA; FG; CP; TB; The Kid and the Wolf; and FK fill out the fable program. WS and FK are my favorite illustrations. Various pieces seem to be available in various forms, from the original boxes to woodblock replicas. How lucky I was to find a stray copy of the book away from the fable books at Powell's late in my searching there this time through!