4 June 2011

Edward Gorey - The Object Lesson

Edward Gorey wrote dozens of strangely comic picture-books that were not intended for children. His 1958 work The Object Lesson stands out among them.

The first sentence, separated by six richly crosshatched panoramic ink illustrations, begins what is merely the initial of a number of unreal and bizarre narratives.

It furnishes the reader with the sense that an intricate narrative of some sort is being recounted and they are only seeing concise bits and pieces.

This may sound terribly complicated but it is a lot of fun. Animating it, Matt McGee must have had very entertaining time of it – at least to judge by the results.