takes an in-depth look at the surreal world of artist and illustrator Jophen
Stein. An existential reaction to the seemingly nonsensical layers of narrative
found in our modern life, Stein's figures are often lost in communication break
down. Within his stunning Theatre of the Absurd, shanghaied sailors, courageous
child super heroes, emperors, Freemasons and beyond rub shoulders, volleying for
direction in their chaotic and incoherent existence. Hinting at the ironic
adulation of pulp and trash novels and iconic political propaganda alike, Stein
questions how meaning and metaphor are constructed.
With an essay
by published author Aaron Owens.
Jophen Stein is
a Pomona based painter whose distinctive style has gained national recognition
over the past few years. In 2004, he founded the Snootson Family Showcase, a
collection of narrative and character based art. His recent shows have included
Regal Row, Art Prostitute Gallery, Scenographic Transmissions,
Thinkspace Gallery, Fourplay, Lineage Gallery in Philadelphia, and Tel
Est La Guerre, Project Gallery in Culver City.
received his BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2003, and he attended
the Art Center of Pasadena from 1996 to 1997.
- 8.5 x 8.5" (21.6
- 72 pages
- 54 color plates
- Edition of 1,000
- ISBN 978-1-937222-29-1
- Release date: January 2014