Ode to Happiness: Keanu Reeves' Poetic Gift to the World
Ode to Happiness is a book that combines the words of Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves with the illustrations of Los Angeles artist Alexandra Grant. It is a humorous and poignant meditation on coping with life's challenges and finding joy in the midst of sorrow.
The book started as a private joke between friends, when Reeves wrote a poem mocking his own melancholy image and gave it to Grant, who then created ink drawings to accompany each line. The result was a hand-made book that they decided to share with a wider audience, with the help of German publisher Gerhard Steidl.
The poem begins with the narrator drawing a \"hot sorrow bath\" in his \"despair room\" and using products like \"regret shampoo\" and \"I hate myself face cream\". He then puts on his \"alone again silk pajamas\" and goes to sleep. The poem ends with a reminder that \"it can always be worse\".
The illustrations are simple but expressive, using black ink on white paper to create contrast and texture. They reflect the dark and light, the pathos and humor of the poem. The book is printed on high-quality paper and comes with a slipcase.
Ode to Happiness is not meant to be taken too seriously, but rather as a gentle tease and a source of comfort for anyone who has ever felt sad or lonely. It is also a testament to the power of friendship and collaboration, as Reeves and Grant have created a unique work of art that showcases their talents and personalities.
If you are interested in reading Ode to Happiness, you can download it as a PDF file from Scribd[^1^] or buy it from Amazon or other online retailers.Ode to Happiness is not the only book that Reeves and Grant have collaborated on. In 2016, they published Shadows, a collection of photographs by Reeves and texts by Grant that explore the nature and meaning of shadows. The book was inspired by Reeves' fascination with the way shadows change depending on the light and the angle. Grant wrote poetic responses to Reeves' images, creating a dialogue between the two mediums.
Reeves and Grant have also worked together on other artistic projects, such as The Lapis Press, a Los Angeles-based publisher of limited edition books and prints by contemporary artists. They are both co-founders and board members of the press, which aims to support artists in creating and distributing their work. The Lapis Press has published works by artists such as Ed Ruscha, James Welling, and Simone Forti.
Reeves and Grant are not only creative partners, but also close friends. They met in 2009 at a dinner party and bonded over their love of books and art. They have supported each other through personal and professional challenges, such as Reeves' loss of his sister to cancer and Grant's divorce. They have also been romantically linked by some media outlets, but they have never confirmed or denied their relationship status.
Regardless of their personal lives, Reeves and Grant are an inspiring example of how two artists can collaborate and create something beautiful and meaningful out of their shared vision. Ode to Happiness is a book that celebrates their friendship and their creativity, as well as offering a hopeful message to anyone who needs it. aa16f39245