Ode to Happiness is a grown-up's picture book, a charming reminder not to take oneself too seriously. With drawings by painter Alexandra Grant, text by actor Keanu Reeves, and in collaboration with mutual friend Janey Bergam, this facsimile artists' book is about making the best of a bad situation. In the tradition of a classic "hurtin' song", Reeves' text externalizes a melancholy internal monologue and subtly pokes fun at it. Grant's images, delicately realised in sombre inky washes, reflect the dark and light, the pathos and humour of the text. Neither entirely earnest nor wholly ironic, Ode to Happiness is both a meditation and a gentle tease about how we cope with life's sorrows.
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Los Angeles based artist Alexandra Grant uses language and words as the basis for her paintings, drawings and sculptures. Grant has exhibited at institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore. She has collaborated with artists and writers including Michael Joyce and Hélène Cixous, and is a founding member of the Watts House Project in Los Angeles.
Keanu Reeves, born in 1964 in Beirut, is a celebrated actor and writer. Reeves' films include Point Break (1991), Speed (1994), The Matrix (1999) and the upcoming Jekyll (2011). His theatrical roles include an acclaimed portrayal of Shakespeare's Hamlet.
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Descripción Steidl / Edition, 2011. Paperback in Fine S/C. Estado de conservación: Fine. First Edition. CLEAN FINE 2011 First edition. SIGNED by Keanu Reeves and Alexandra Grant. Fine paperback in Fine Slipcase. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Signed by Author and Artist. Nº de ref. de la librería 038741
Descripción Steidl, 2011. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Slp. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Nº de ref. de la librería 3869302097