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Pheromone: The Insect Artwork of Christopher Marley [Hardcover]

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This book presents the compositions of Christopher Marley: assemblages of real insect bodies that display brilliant color and otherworldly form. The colors are entirely natural, and to render the reproductions as accurate as possible some have been reproduced with fifth-color metallic inks and highlighted with spot varnish. Accompanying the broad sample of Marley's work is a series of essays by the artist: "Design of Insects," "Insects in Design," "History," "Color," "The Coleoptera Mosaics: An Exercise in Color," "Repetition," "Structure," "Texture," "Variations," "Botanicals," "Size," and "Environmental Effects."

Christopher Marley was born in Covina, California, and grew up near Salem, Oregon.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 12.2" Width: 9.6" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   4.64 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 8, 2008
Publisher   Pomegranate Communications
ISBN  0764946196  
EAN  9780764946196  

Availability  18 units.
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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Artists, A-Z > General   [2967  similar products]
2Books > Subjects > Outdoors & Nature > Reference   [3941  similar products]
3Books > Subjects > Science > Biological Sciences > Animals > Insects & Spiders   [264  similar products]

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A Closer Look at the Beauty of Nature  Jan 24, 2010
'Pheromones are chemical stimulants that insects release to attract one another -- and they've been known to seduce the occasional human, too.' So Christopher Marley states about the chosen title of this fascinating, challenging and very beautiful book of excellent color reproductions of his art: his art is the preservation and design of mounting insects as the objects d'art. Marley is obsessed (in a good way) with the beauty of the 'Phylum ARTHROPODA, which is divided into a number of classes of which insects belong to the class INSECTA. Insects are classified into Orders based on certain characteristics, some of the larger Orders are Coleoptera - beetles, Diptera - flies, Lepidoptera - butterflies and moths. The various Orders are in turn, again broken down into Families ( and sometimes sub-families ) then into Genus and finally species. A particular insect is always referred to by its Genus and species, but for general purposes the Order or Family is normally quite acceptable.' Yes, for Marley this scientific information is important and with each of the insects he approaches in this extravagantly illustrated book he obeys this order of classification.

But that is all on the scientific level - a level that makes this book far more than a monograph on the art of Christopher Marley. The range of colors and shapes and bizarre aspects of insects recovered form around the globe is staggering and there are no two 'images' that appear the same. Other great artists, such as Jacquelyn McBain, have devoted much of their artistic career to exploring the beauty of insects: in McBain's case she also celebrates the flora on which these insects dwell and survive in paintings rich in observed accuracy and fascinatingly coupled with metaphorical titles and ideas. But Christopher Marley lets the beauties of the insects speak for themselves. While the book is a work of art in itself, it only suggests the amazing virtuosity of color and arrangement of his works as they hang in galleries and showrooms. He is a gifted artist, one who deserves wider attention than from just those who appreciate entomology. Highly recommended for everyone's library. Grady Harp, January 10
Beautiful book!  Jan 22, 2010
This is a great, big book filled with incredibly beautiful photos. The colors and textures and arrangements of the insects are breathtaking. If you are an artist looking for inspiration, or someone interested in insects, photographer... everyone will find something to enjoy in this book.
Amazing  Sep 11, 2009
It's amazing that these are real bugs! The colors and patterns of the bugs, and how they're arranged in the photos, make beautiful art.
Eye Candy  May 23, 2009
I received this book as a gift and loved it! It's completely unusual and just beautiful. It's hard to believe those photos aren't touched up.
Gorgeous conversation starter  May 22, 2009
I keep my Pheremone book on the coffee table, where all my guests see it. It intrigues everyone and they look through it, amazed. They are surprised and delighted by how beautiful everything is. I am too. I still marvel when I look through it, and I've had it awhile.

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