Monday, January 18, 2010

“One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish” by Dr. Seuss

Part of the 220 rhymes and verbal doodles 
written in 1956 by Dr. Seuss. 

This compilation was called the Cat in the Hat, read in every Anglophone kinder corner since forever but familiar to the world since it hit the big screen in 2003. The wonderful thing about this book is for instance the cover in a palette of primary colors and the lines torn concave and convex in order to give birth to amazing creatures.  
Drawings dance to the rhythm of absurd scenarios and fantastic animals with peaceful faces and childish behaviours , living common situations with whacky details. As we all know, Dr. Seuss mastered the sewing of vowels and and consonants to create his inmense kooky paraphernalia for stories such as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Horton Hears a Who! And this one itself.  

Theodor  Seuss Geisel  also known as Dr. Seuss was really a doctor of the nonsense cartoons  from Oxford University, changing the concept of all pastel colors and didactic toned storied for kids. He changed those moral clichés to whimsical experiences which still show us never stop imagining , say he was the real Peter Pan of the 20th century. Geisel ´s unpredictable way of story telling  was a combo of lines, few colors such as red, yellow and yellow all so shiny and eye catching.  The  sketching and coloring of the époque beats in the escence of the characters, with combination of bright colors reminding us postmodernism in watercolours, pen, acrylic.  His aesthetic creatures belong to somewhat called maximalist because every corner is bright and extremely detailed, but his work is also defined as cute formalism with ironic manners, childlike riddles and playful spirited art. 
This Pulitzer champ (1984) has been considered as an American popart – sometimes kitsch,   yet his art is better defined as transgressive, aiming to be rebel to the ordinary and shocking the typical contents, including bizarre and almost “mental illness”ed works. Dr. Seuss , illustrator of his mental odysseys ,  was the voice of rebel kindergartens, he made learning to read a hip thing in the 60´s and not only had he written quirky books for kids, but he also achieved and Acadamy Award  (1945) for a short documentary called Your Job in Germany.  / Maja Luján