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Art Made from Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed by Laura Heyenga, Brian Dettmer, Alyson Kuhn

By Laura Heyenga, Brian Dettmer, Alyson Kuhn

Artists worldwide have in recent times been turning to their bookshelves for greater than only a reliable learn, opting to chop, paint, carve, sew or another way rework the broadcast web page into complete new attractive, thought-provoking artistic endeavors. Art made up of Books is the definitive consultant to this compelling artwork shape, showcasing groundbreaking paintings by way of today's such a lot showstopping practitioners. From Su Blackwell's whimsical pop-up landscapes to the stacked-book sculptures of Kylie Stillman, every one portfolio celebrates the tremendous artistic range of the medium. A preface by means of pioneering artist Brian Dettmer and an creation by way of layout critic Alyson Kuhn around out the gathering. provided in an strange, tactile package deal with an uncovered backbone, this is often a necessary addition to the libraries of publication fanatics and artwork aficionados.

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Archival pigment print on rag paper. (Book on graphics in Japanese fashion) V Explorer, 2011. Archival pigment print on rag paper. (The Ultimate Road Atlas) 51 VI VI Carmen, 2007. Archival pigment print on rag paper. (Houston Yellow Pages) VII Bundle, 2010. Archival pigment print on rag paper. (Texas A&M Directory) 52 VII 53 DOUG BEUBE I (OPPOSITE) City, 1990/2002. Altered books. II Masked Words, 2011 (shown with and without headpiece). Altered dictionary, wood, metal, marble. began altering the book’s structure in 1979, pushing its physical properties by cutting, folding, gouging, piercing, and slashing.

62 IV V 63 VI VI, VII The Baron in the Trees, 2011. Secondhand book, lights, glass, wood box. 64 VII 65 I Cook Book Ballet Slippers, 2012. Vintage cookbook pages, ribbons, buttons, hand-stitching. II Curley Locks Gloves, 2011. Vintage nursery rhyme book pages, wax, buttons, machine stitching. III Ladybird Book Baby Shoes, 2012. Vintage Ladybird book pages, moulding medium, machine stitching.

She then photographs them, capturing the extraordinary grace and beauty of their altered form. Barer’s sculptures and their accompanying photographs are a lament for eras past when books were considered much more valuable and a path to knowledge. As books are becoming increasingly disposable, replaced by the Internet as a primary source of information, Barer hopes to raise questions about these changes, about the transient and fragile nature in which we now choose to obtain knowledge, and about the future of books.

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