Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Throughout the last year we have posted many different artists who have been using old books as a medium for their art. By carving, slicing, gluing, stacking, and collaging the pages and spines of books, the artists have been creating incredible works of art from otherwise discarded and forgotten about printed materials. One of these artists, Guy Laramée, recently took a 24-volume set of the now discontinued Encyclopedia Britannica and transformed it into a mountain range. The piece, titled Adieu, is inspired by the announcement that the company would cease printing of the book sets.
Juxtapoz // Friday, November 08, 2013
Russian artist Ekaterina Panikanova paints across deliberately arranged spreads of old books and documents. The groupings of book act as a single but interrupted canvas for beautiful paintings and illustrations.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 29, 2013
Working with knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Atlanta-based artist Brian Dettmer carves one page of a book at a time, exposing each layer while cutting around ideas and images of interest. Nothing inside the books is relocated or implanted, only removed. The image and ideas that he reveals are used to expose alternate histories and memories.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 23, 2013
British artist Kerry Miller dissects and carves found books into incredible sculptures. Only utilizing the existing illustrations within the pages, Miller removes the text, reimagining the book as a 3D layered piece of art!
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 04, 2013
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts recently organized a major group exhibition of new works by five mixed media artists from around the world who sculpt, scrape, bend and carve to create astonishing compositions using books. On view through July 6th, the exhibition features work from Doug Beube, Long-Bin Chen, Brian Dettmer, Guy Laramee, and Frecesca Pastine.
Juxtapoz // Friday, August 24, 2012
This is one part imaginative, another part well photographed. Thomas Allen takes old encyclopedias and science books and cuts them out to create these illustrations. In the end, his work is like book archaeology.
Juxtapoz // Friday, December 23, 2011
These are major "wows." We have seen great works in the realm of 3D carvings in books, but this series of carved landscapes in books by Guy Laramee are the best books sculptures we have seen all year. As Laramee notes: The erosion of cultures – and of "culture" as a whole - is the theme that runs through the last 25 years of my artistic practice.
Juxtapoz // Sunday, December 04, 2011
At first we weren't quite sold on the guns from book carving concept by NY-based Robert The, but once wer realized he wasn't carving Harry Potter books into guns because that was what was on his nightstand, we became bigger fans of the project.