Marion Peck's Animal Love Summer is the first monograph by this contemporary surrealist who presents us with odd small mammals that drink sake with their fish dinner. As well, a seemingly well-bred lady in a classical pose gives us the not-so-classical finger, and a wide-ranging cast of characters both human and animal features in a variety of portraits. Peck's work is lush, detailed and beautiful to look at, if a little off-putting at times. But that, of course, is what keeps it interesting, intriguing and worth exploring.
Hardcover, 128 pages. Last Gasp, 2010. $19.77 at Amazon.