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book review.

On several occasions in the past, Out In Jersey has featured the work of Stefan, including a June Pride cover many years ago. Stefan, who professionally uses his first name only, is a Parisian artist, a graduate of the prestigious École de Beaux Arts, who draws on the incredibly rich artistic tradition of that fabulous city to produce work that is beautiful, highly original, occasionally unsettling and which, withal, draws the viewer into mysterious worlds—ones that can be ethereal as well as gritty and sometimes dangerous.

In his new book, Diesel City, Stefan has achieved a masterpiece. In 200 lavishly produced pages, itself a triumph of the printer’s art and a prestige possession that defines its owner as a person of taste, in touch with the most interesting cultural trends, Stefan turns cityscapes we are all familiar with into points of entry to a world in which the ordinary becomes mysterious and the objects of everyday life take on sinister meanings—ones we glimpse and only half understand.

Therein rests the magic of this book. We understand in part, but without hesitation we feel we should—we must—understand in full. And, so, we are drawn inexorably into the darkness and mystery Stefan creates. What then is the true nature of Diesel City, this place Stefan takes us to? What are the answers? You must find that out for yourself because there will be different answers for each person who takes the journey. This, of course, is the hallmark of great art. It does not present answers. It asks questions and perhaps points us to a road we must each travel for ourselves. Greatness lies in the artist’s ability to make us want to take that journey. In that sense then, this is a great book and a great work of art.

Lovers of the dieselpunk genre and of the Art Deco style of the 1930s and 40s will be especially in love with Diesel City. The book has been hailed by a number of critics as being the ultimate definition of and the standard for dieselpunk culture. Surely, if that culture is your own, you cannot claim full membership if you are unfamiliar with Stefan’s work. Neither can any graphic designer or artist who draws on the inspiration of the styles of the Art Deco era afford to be without this latest interpretation.

However, those who are not part of the dieselpunk culture, who are not artists or designers but are people who treasure creativity, craftsmanship and superb quality will value this book as an important addition to their collections and as a gift that says you have the highest opinion of the recipient.

Order online at www.dieselcity.fr/en/home.php.

 

book review.

On several occasions in the past, Out In Jersey has featured the work of Stefan, including a June Pride cover many years ago. Stefan, who professionally uses his first name only, is a Parisian artist, a graduate of the prestigious École de Beaux Arts, who draws on the incredibly rich artistic tradition of that fabulous city to produce work that is beautiful, highly original, occasionally unsettling and which, withal, draws the viewer into mysterious worlds—ones that can be ethereal as well as gritty and sometimes dangerous.