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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Strange Plants II is here!

We just received Strange Plants II,  the second book in a series that celebrates plants in contemporary art. Like the first volume, it is edited by Zioxla, a creative studio headed by Zio Baritaux, a prolific writer and editor on graffiti and street art who has worked on major exhibitions at LA MOCA, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris.


Strange Plants II features 30 artists, each incorporating plants into their work in some fashion. “The aim of Strange Plants II is to continue the compelling conversations about how we perceive and interpret both the bizarre and beautiful sides of art and nature,” editor Zio Baritaux says. “Since the release of the first book, a community of like-minded, inquisitive and creative people has grown up around these conversations, and I hope this community will expand with the publication of this book.”

Zin Taylor

The work of each artist is accompanied by an insightful article or interview elaborating on the books' themes.

David Schiesser

The Stick & Poke chapter of the book showcases monochromatic, cactus-themed tattoo flash from 12 tattooers, including Daniel Albrigo, Tamara Santiba├▒ez, David Schiesser, Sarah Carter, Mina Aoki, Uptown Danny, Wink Evans, Slowerblack, Shen Schubert, Spider Sinclair, Jessica Swaffer and Rose Whittaker.

Like the first volume, the book was designed by Folch Studio, an award-winning design house in Barcelona whose aesthetic you may recognize from their work on Apartamento magazine. A neat feature is the two pages of adhesives featuring images from inside; you can choose your 3 favourites to stick on the cover, and have some leftovers to stick anywhere you please! 

Francesca DiMattio

A word to the wise: the first volume of Strange Plants sold out very quickly, and was only available in a very limited run, so don't sleep on picking up your copy of the second beautiful book before it's gone! 

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