Books into Art

Flavorwire: (10 Visual Artists Who Use Books as Their Medium) has a fun list of things that artists are doing with books. I’m picking out a couple of my favorites from that list —

Cara Barer‘s photographs of book sculptures have a sense of controlled chaos, that I rather like. From her website:

My photographs are primarily a documentation of a physical evolution. I have changed a common object into sculpture in a state of flux. The way we choose to research and find information is also in an evolution. I hope to raise questions about these changes, the ephemeral and fragile nature in which we now obtain knowledge, and the future of books.”

And Brian Dettmer‘s book sculpture/dissection work is also pretty darn eye-catching. From his website:

The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge. This is the area I currently operate in. Through meticulous excavation or concise alteration I edit or dissect communicative objects or systems such as books, maps, tapes and other media. The medium’s role transforms. Its content is recontextualized and new meanings or interpretations emerge.”

And Anagram Bookshop came up with a clever series of ads a couple of years ago. Posting this one, because I like the octopus —

Personally, I like Su Blackwell‘s Alice in Wonderland pieces: “I often work within the realm of fairy-tales and folk-lore. I began making a series of book-sculpture, cutting-out images from old books to create three-dimensional diorama’s, and displaying them inside wooden boxes.” The approach works well for the subject matter: kind of otherworldly, but not weird in the Tim Burtonesque sense.

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