For those unfamiliar with Radiohead, the following description of this art piece will be helpful: 'Dead Children Playing: A Picture Book' is a picture book by Stanley Donwood and Thom Yorke (under the alias of "Dr. Tchock") featuring artwork that has been used on English alternative rock band Radiohead's albums between 1996 and 2003, and on Thom Yorke's album The Eraser. The book also contains works of art that have not previously been released, made between 1999 and 2005.' What is inside this bizarrely titled book is some truly fascinating art by Donwood and Yorke. The images carry secondary meanings that are at times rather frightening - 'Red Snow Boot prints.', 'Residential nemesis', 'Get out before Saturday', 'Trade Center', 'United states' - each are acrylic on canvas in an expressionist abstract style, rich in color and viscerally involving. The works in this well designed and exciting book were part of an exhibition in Barcelona in 2006. It is well they were preserved in book form as works like these often are disseminated among collectors and are not available for public appreciation.
There are some interesting commentaries, especially by Stanley Donwood, about the works - not the technique used but rather the sundry impressions that became art. This is art of the now and very well done. Grady Harp, January 11