Sean Landers' "North American Mammals" presents three groups of paintings, each of which refer to one another on various levels. These include paintings depicting bookshelves holding books whose spines contain a continuous text by Landers; portraits of animals with fur rendered in Scottish tartan designs; and a series of ocean paintings. Landers' text here is existential and emotional, his animals symbolic, overt caricatures but also characters in a story.
Much like Magritte, Landers' paintings often negotiate the visual relationships between image and word. His newest body of work offers a layered story of mortality, artistic legacy and the posterity of art, as symbolized in the books--made up of his words--that sit upon the shelves. This clothbound hardcover beautifully presents Landers' work, with text printed on paper between images and several gatefolds.
North American Mammals