Book Review: Creative Space & Keegan McHargue



B/D was lucky enough to receive two new books in the mail today. Here’s me and Fei in the office with completely anonymous bookfaces hanging out with our boss, who happens to be a wizard and was so excited by them he conjured an ephemeral ball of light for the occasion. Anyways, the first is Keegan McHargue’s “Foibles,” from Seems Books, and the second is “Creative Space” by Francesca Gavin from Laurence King Publishing.


More descriptions and images after the jump!





“Foibles” is an amazing fold-out limited edition book with quirkily minimalist pencil drawings. Each section is a huge 4-part fold out poster! It’s like strange and amazing maps to unknown lands. I also like the artist’s description of who his characters are:


“The Foibles have been privy to many situations that started out as small indiscretions and snow-balled into world-changing events.


You never know when a Foible will be looking over the headboard of your bed…


Or farting at a surprisingly audible level during a business meeting…


Or plagiarizing parts of a famous essay on macroeconomics… even though it goes unnoticed…


Or posting testy anonymous messages on their friend’s blog only to get caught later by the style of their writing…


Or sneaking a sniff of a stranger’s bicycle seat.”


Ah, the horrors of being identified via your grammatical tendencies and diction incongruencies on a blog!





The second book, “Creative Space,” takes a look inside the homes of of artists, creative directors, fashion designers etc. You know how dogs supposedly look like their owners? Well many of these artists works and aesthetics are (not surprisingly) reflected in their living spaces as well. For example, Wes Lang who draws from the detritus and relics of Americana kitsch and history within his artworks, lives in a wood paneled apartment in New York surrounded by his his grandfather’s shotgun, odd taxidermied creations and antiques with darker implications.


I could go on, but the book was a really fascinating voyeuristic peek. What I liked too, was that unlike many “house and garden” magazines, many of the artists houses were a bit unkempt, bits of clutter and empty beer cans and works in progress allowed to breath in the rooms, rather than some immaculate standard of perfection or wealth.

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  • Fei

    Dude. These are awesome!

    No wonder random stuff happens to me all the time! There’s always a Foibles on my back…duh!

  • Sasha

    And, we work for a cloaked wizard.

  • oh jeez, i thought that wizard comment was an inside joke, but i just saw it! that is truly scary.

  • Amir

    My beard grows real quick apparently.

  • Yes, Amir’s beard has mystical powers.