A series of short visual stories designed with refinement by Japanese artist Koyama, whose subtle's pencil stroke, narrative use of geometric forms and application to render textures contributed to build a most fascinating artist's book.
Plassein is a collection of short stories, told through a series of sequential drawings that intertwine to create unsettling, dissonant dreamscapes. The stories observe the forms and textures of the built world and trace their strange, melancholic entanglements. Set out like a storyboard for a speculative film, with a single frame per page, the images accumulate into fleeting scenes and shifting narratives at once familiar and otherworldly.
Joji Koyama (born in Tokyo, lives and works in Berlin) is a filmmaker, animator and graphic artist. His short films and animations have screened internationally. In 2015 he published his first book of short visual stories Plassein, and an illustrated colouring book Elsewhere, for Penguin books. He is currently working on a film in collaboration with musician and songwriter Tujiko Noriko.
Published in September 2015
13,5 x 18,5 cm (softcover, dust jacket)
552 pages (color & b/w ill.)