Book Review: "Don't Have Feelings, Don't Make a Scene: The Art of Skinner"
There are very few artists that when you see their work, it makes a sound. A loud, intense, booming... blast. Skinner is on the top of my list. Of course, I could say his art feels like Mastodon, Faith No More, the bands he has painted for, but it's a thunderous noise that seems to get more intense as the years go on. And that's a good thing. The former Juxtapoz cover artist (July 2013), has a new monograph out, Don't Have Feelings, Don't Make a Scene: The Art of Skinner, 196 pages of from 2012-2018.
The book covers a wide-breadth of Skinner's career: paintings, poster art, murals, site-specfiic works, music collaborations, from full-on color to black and white drawings. And Skinner sets the tone correct in his introduction, where he talks of how much the world has changed since his last book (this thing called social media helped that), his move to Oakland, California and his own personal triumphs with health. Skinner has always been about brutal honesty, a characteristic you see in each work has it lunges out for you. The works are powerful, unrelenting. "May you always find a nice quiet moment to explore," Skinner writes. "To hear yourself think, and to connect with the unknown." What wonderful, interesting take from the loudest art on the planet.
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