Thursday, August 15, 2013

Voices from the Corridor by Jan Van Rijn

The Voices from the Corridor are a collection of erotic fast fiction by Annemarie Ryders and Jan Van Rijn, each one preceded by a drawing as a highlight and key. The primary story element is the text, with the illustrations and graphic compositions used as essential stylistic devices to convey atmosphere as well as interpretation. So the book is really an illustrated narrative with features of Comics and Graphic Novel.

The strongly sexual color of the motifs show distinct references to the scope of Pulp and Low Brow, not fetish fixed yet distantly related to Stantoons, Hentai and other sex comics but much more extensive and ambitioned in terms of the text. The episodes depicted, at first seemingly disconnected and isolated, take place in an uncertain time and space within the environment of an erotic club of sorts of unclearly mysterious ambience. The narrator's character is one of the attractions of the place. She lives and works there, and in the course of events finds herself in a confusing plot of sex and mystery laced with shots of kinky gravel. The reader participates in the events like a voyeur, presented with quite an abundant panorama, lush and exaggerated like a look into a kaleidoscope. Yet, on the fringes of this view, places of increasing opacification and darkening are noticeable.

[Previously: Van Rijn Updated - The Erotic Art of Jan van Rijn]

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