M.C. Escher Pop-Ups: A Book Review

Everyone is familiar with M.C. Escher’s multidimensional drawings, created with an imagination that, in a world full of repetition and familiarity, bring incredibly unique perspective to a flat surface.

And so when I was contacted regarding M.C. Escher Pop-Ups by Courtney Watson McCarthy and Martin Howard, I was a little tickled. Being an editor for a magazine that focuses on art instruction, though, I felt guilty requesting a sample review copy of this book that was obviously just for kicks, so I put it on the backburner and continued to focus on upcoming how-to demos and feature articles. That’s why today, when M.C. Escher Pop-Ups landed on my desk by surprise, I was especially delighted.

Now, after having gone through page after giant page of Escher’s images brought into three dimensions, not to mention a few extra pull-tabs that are icing on the cake, I’ve gotten over the initial excitement of what some may think is a kitschy coffee table book. I’ve had a chance to address the words as well as the pop-up images.

The drawings are accompanied with descriptions that shed light on the geometric designs, symbolic representations and Escher’s own words. In short, it’s a book worth browsing, reading and owning; even if you don’t learn how to sketch nonexistent dimensions, you’re guaranteed to be inspired. My favorite quote from the book:

“Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.” – M.C. Escher

M.C. Escher Pop-Ups is hot off the press, and will be available November 2011. Click here to pre-order your copy today.

~Cherie Haas

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