You can’t tell a book by its cover. Artsy Fartsy is a far more significant document than its title or cartoon-style might suggest.
Over the history of recorded culture, much art criticism has been written and discussed. What is far rarer than the words of articulate critics are glimpses into the minds of art-observers-on-the-street, those who might approach an artist about his work. What do they ask? What are their comments? What kinds of thinking do these reveal?
In addition to his hilarious cartoon portraits Dug Nap has captured strangers, friends and enemies via things said about his unique drawings and captions. Artsy Fartsy is a collection of mordant comment on comments, criticism of criticisms, and unconscious self-parody -- all prompted by conversations rarely overheard between artist and street-patrons.
On top of that, it’s wet-your-pants funny. Does anyone really want to be a member of a species capable of such speech?