book augenschmaus

It's no secret that I'm obsessed with old books.  Everything about them: the smell, the texture of words, the golden-brown tint of each page, their fragility, their inherent wisdom.  And while much of my artwork actually involves destroying them, I don't take it lightly.  The process of deconstructing them helps me meditate on our culture's tendencies of rabid consumption and sometimes the disregard of old (once cherished) things.  I find beauty in the reconstructive / redemptive process, and it helps me (albeit a strange way) to make sense of the world I find myself in.  

 

That being said, here are some *phenomenal* artists who are seeking to do the same with their use of old books.  I would encourage you to check out their websites so that your eyes could feast on more of the work they have each produced....

 

 

The work of Cara Barer

 

 

 

 

 

The work of Guy Laremee

 

 

 

The work of Jonathan Callan

 

 

 

 

 

The work of Matej Kren

 

 

 

 

The work of Melissa Jay Craig

 

 

 

The work of Mike Stilkey

 

 

 

 

and the work of Robert The