Picture Book

To see or not to see

Picture Book

Monsters: Pro and Con

by Jad Fair

It's a Beautiful Day

by Jad Fair

Jump for Joy

by Jad Fair

Manor's resident alien isn't just out there tending to the horses; he's a paper factory. Three new books of paper cuttings – what Fair does when he's not performing with Half Japanese or touring or recording or exhibiting – explore his obsessions through hand-cut intricacy. It's painstaking work, the kind you have to really look at, let your eyes soften, like for a Magic Eye poster. Monsters, a Fair favorite, features a dizzying number of vaguely menacing/cute black and white cuts, while Jump for Joy's colorful heart-shaped prints achieve inspirational folk art. (The Three Stooges one is choice.) It's a Beautiful Day is the better half of Monsters, filled with square-eyed birds, wavy vines, and flat-footed dogs, no doubt inspired by his range life. Put them all together, and it's like the inside of Fair's brain came tumbling out. www.jadfair.com.

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