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THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST
Who doesn’t treasure their (print) books? Who didn’t cart them from place to place, from college, to their significant other’s when you moved in together, to their first grown up apartment, to marriage and beyond ..? Who hasn’t felt like losing a group of friends each time their books had to be whittled down, trying always to keep the ones they really love? Who doesn’t think of a lost book like a lost lover? expressed by this video:
A LOVE REGAINED- ART MADE FROM BOOKS
Who doesn’t cringe from the idea of cutting up a book?
Art Made From Books, edited by Laura Heyenga, demonstrates how obsolete books can now serve sculptors as a 21st-century equivalent to marble or molding clay. Kuhn points out that, “The information is outdated, the paper is probably yellowed or worse, so the fact that a book can become something charming and creative and valuable in a new light is kind of great.”
Alyson Kuhn, who wrote the the Introduction to Art Made From Books told xxx from Co-Create, Making art from books “is a somewhat controversial practice because there are people who think of it as vandalizing books. ” Indeed, xxx notes that these artists “stalk books with X-Acto knives, tiny sandblasters, glue, paint, scissors. and a shared obsession for giving new form to old things.”
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TWO OF THE BEST ARTISTS
Over the course of eight months, from March to November of 2011, the artist known as Anonymous produced ten small book sculptures. Each was smuggled into cultural venues
around Edinburgh. Scotland.
The first piece, above, was left in the Scottish Poetry Library in March 2011 and with it a tag was left that reads:
It started with your name @byleaveswelive and became a tree.… … We know that a library is so much more than a building full of books… a book is so much more than pages full of words.… This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas….. a gesture (poetic maybe?)
Sue Blackwell Pandora
Drawing inspiration from fairy tales and folklore, London’s Sue Blackwell reads each story first before carving three-dimensional tableaux from secondhand books, lights, glass and wood boxes. In Art Made From Books, Blackwell says books “can transport
you to a different time and place, and somewhere more magical.”
And check out THE BOOK ART this great site casasugar:
For some larger “sculptures” made from books, check out inhabitat.
Here’s a sample: