Little People in the City: The Street Art of Slinkachu (Hardcover)

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By Slinkachu, Will Self (Foreword by)
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Soooo clever yet so simple, the images in this book will amaze and entertain you over and over again. Slinkachu, a London-based artist, creates tiny hand painted figures, places them in varying places and situations around the city, photographs them, then leaves them leaves them to "fend for themselves." This book is great--check it out! --Kelly

— From Kelly

July 2009 Indie Next List

“Slinkachu's art wonderfully combines the playful with the profound, crafting an astute existential statement.”
— Linda Findlay, University Book Store, Seattle, WA


"They're Not Pets, Susan," says a stern father who has just shot a bumblebee, its wings sparkling in the evening sunlight.A lone office worker, less than an inch high, looks out over the river in his lunch break, "Dreaming of Packing it All In." A tiny man makes his way back to a tiny car, with a tiny shopping bag: "Shopping for one again." Another office worker sits atop a gigantic engagement ring and gazes into the distance; the caption reads, simply: "No." These are thecollected photographs of Slinkachu, a London-based artist who for several years has been placing tiny hand painted people on street corners, park benches, and the Underground, and leaving them to fend for themselves. Much like Banksy's early graffiti work, Slinkachu's creations mix the bustle, humor, and melancholy of city life, and lie quietly in the darker corners of London's streets, waiting to be discovered. And if you re lucky enough to find one, to quote "The Times" "Oddly enough, even when you know they are just hand-painted figurines, you can't help but feel that their plights convey something of our own fears about being lost and vulnerable in a big, bad city." This volume also includes a forward from acclaimed novelist Will Self.

About the Author

Slinkachu's work was featured in "Street Renegades: New Underground Art" and "Tactile: High Touch Visuals" and can be foundat Will Self's titles include" The Book of Dave" and" Psychogeography.""
Product Details
ISBN: 9780752226644
ISBN-10: 0752226649
Publisher: Boxtree, Limited
Publication Date: June 1st, 2009
Pages: 128
Language: English