Amalgamate surveys the richly detailed, highly imaginative world of Blaine Fontana. Imbuing his vision with the divine symbolism of religious myths, worldly folklore and current social dynamics, his works contain a kind of shamanic exploration of meaning that recognizes the totemic quality and power of the image. With extensive experience within the design world, including working as art director for Drifter Industries, graphic designer at acclaimed fashion/lifestyle magazine Metro.Pop, and founding his own creative/design agency Fontana Studios (with his wife Eugenie Fontana), Fontana's work displays a virtuosic understanding of sign and simulacra and their role within our contemporary visual culture. Straddling the physical and metaphysical, organic and architectural, painterly and graphic sensibilities, Fontana fuses multiple visual strategies to forge an aesthetic language entirely of his own making.
With an introduction by poet Derrick Brown, whose written work and performance has won him the California Independent Book Critics' Award in 2004 and six first-place slam finishes. Published by Zero+.
• Hardcover; cloth with paper jacket
• 108 pages
• 11" x 11"
• Edition of 1,000
• Shipping weight: 2 lb