Travelersby Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz is a must-have for any fans of these artists. The book itself is beautiful and includes 40 full-colour images and a short story by Jonathan Lethem that reflects the snowy nature of the snow globe scenes created by Martin and Muñoz. The book is divided into two sections: Travelers and Islands. In the first series, tiny figures are set into the landscape of a snow globe where they encounter danger and unusual events. Three older ladies, armed with rifles, stand guard over a snow-covered picnic table. A man in a suit sits alone on a tree branch while white-clad medical professionals discuss the case below. A naked woman climbs a ladder to retrieve a dress from a wardrobe of branches. The second section features larger tableaux, but the consistent dark humour and anxiety is still present. Animals play a larger part: bulls draw blood and the black sheep causes trouble. Definitely the stuff that dreams are made of.
Hardcover, 96 pages. Aperture, 2008. $23.10 at Amazon.