Author(s): Julian Rothenstein
As we look at the world the eye seeks meaning, searches for the familiar. 'I see!' we say when the penny drops, when things make sense. Then we smile - for the mind enjoys the eye surprised. But when it encounters things odd and unexpected, it is stopped in its tracks. The Redstone Book of the Eye confounds expectations and counters the familiar. It will excite the eye: make you look again, see things anew, tease the mind and make you smile. Julian Rothenstein is the brilliant editor and designer of Redstone Press. Now he joins Square Peg to bring you a compendium of visual delight from a lifetime of looking for beautiful, strange, surprising and intriguing images.
A stunning compendium of visual delight from the Redstone Press, culled from a lifetime's collection of beautiful, strange, surprising and intriguing images. With an introduction by David Shrigley.
"Julian Rothenstein's books are extraordinary - their range of reference seems to be universal and yet they have a flavour distinctively of their own. This Book of the Eye is no exception - vintage Redstone" -- Quentin Blake "His whole mission has been to make beautiful things and the results have almost never been equalled" -- Will Self "Visual confusion and asymmetrical beauty are celebrated in this stimulating series of images and photos" The Times "Rothenstein uses an array of striking images to deconstruct everything about eyes, from the eye itself to optical illusions. Not simply a book for the art crowd" Big Issue "An eccentric compendium of images celebrating the world of the visual in delightfully oblique ways...the most moving section is perhaps The Unseeing Eye, where most of the pictures reproduced were taken by blind photographers and beguilingly demonstrate their sharpened sensual engagement with the world they are capturing" Metro
Julian Rothenstein has ink in his blood. He is the eldest child of the late printmaker Michael Rothenstein, and the grandchild of Sir William Rothenstein, the portrait painter who served as Britain's official war artist for both World Wars and director of the Royal College of Art. Julian's uncle Sir John Rothenstein was Keeper and Director of the Tate Gallery. Before founding the Redstone Press, in 1986, Julian was previously art director of the 1970s art magazine Bananas. He lives and works in London.