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The Gordon-Nash Library : The Book Remade Artist List

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Some interesting work here.  Hope it travels beyond New Hampshire!

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Bookmarking Book Art - Merike van Zanten

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The passage here, rendered by blind embossing on lead and metal paint, comes from Primo Levi's essay on lead in his book "The Periodic Table". It reminds me of Anselm Kiefer's lead books with wings ("The Language of the Birds", 2013), which you can read about here: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Lu. It's a curious, leaden but uplifting, meet but outrageous conjunction: Van Zanten's personal grappling with depression, the concentration-camp survivor who ultimately succumbed to depression and suicide, and the Nazi-saluting artist who asserts that history is a weight that must be borne and embraced and lead is the only substance that is weighty, "alchemical" and mutable enough to bear it.

 

Van Zanten's appropriation of Levi for her project "Depression" is somewhat less outré than Sylvia Plath's appropriation of Jewishness in "Daddy", which is barely less outré than Kiefer's Nazi salutes. But all three are essential outrageous and shocking appropriations just as the appropriation of books as "just another material" with which to create art is essential.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Large-Scale Installations

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We feature large-scale book art installations from artists like Alicia Martin, Matej Kren, and Luzinterruptus during this edition of Book Art Is Awesome.
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In her note in BookRiot, Nikki Steele takes Brian Dettmer's remark in his TED talk that books are created to relate to our human scale and builds on it elegantly, if all too briefly, by bringing together the installation works "Literature versus Traffic", "Scanner", "Book Cell", "Singularity", "Biographies" and "Contemporaries".  

 

For more on this, see http://wp.me/p2AYQg-RE.

 


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Bookmark - Getty Research Institute's Digital-First Publication

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Digital publication examining a rhyming inventory of a Roman art collection of the Baroque period, with facsimile, translation, with notes and essays by scholars.
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In 1681, Pietro Mellini wrote a verse inventory of the highlights of the 153 artworks in the family palazzo for his brother Cardinal Savio Mellini. Scholars Murtha Baca and Nuria Rodríguez Ortega have taken the manuscript that now resides at the Getty Research Institute and created a digital-first scholarly publication.

 

"The working environment that grew out of this project, the Getty Scholars’ Workspace™, ... is currently undergoing additional development, including usability testing, before its general release to the international research community." (http://www.getty.edu/research/mellini/about)

 

The effort is intended to show "how the use of technology can offer new opportunities for research, communication, and dissemination of primary source materials, and that it demonstrates the results of collaborative research". There is, however, little here that has not already been demonstrated in the Faber/Touchpress treatment of Shakespeare's sonnets or Eliot's "The Waste Land". (http://thewasteland.touchpress.com/)  

 

The Faber/Touchpress works are apps, not browser-based online works.  Had they been, though, I would expect links that do not yield "Error 404" or "Page Not Found" messages. Alas, poor Pietro is not so well served.

 

I expected links behind references in the companion essays to lines in the manuscript to take me to those lines. Alas, poor Pietro is sans such links.

 

In an online scholarly publication, I expect references to articles in scholarly journals to be hyperlinked via their easily available DOIs (digital object identifiers) to the articles themselves. Take, for example, this item in the bibliography: Leone, Stephanie C. “Cardinal Pamphilj Builds a Palace: Self-Representation and Familial Ambition in Seventeenth-Century Rome.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 63, no. 4 (2004): 440–71.  Cut and paste that into CrossRef's "Metadata Search" at http://www.crossref.org/, and you get http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/4128014 , which takes you to the article itself in JSTOR. Alas, poor Pietro, again sans links.

 

But in light of Pietro's concluding four stanzas (as translated by the team):

 

"Therefore, my Lord, look with friendly, joyful eyes upon

The works described here in these humble verses
And make them worthy of Your consideration.

 

They shall become even more beautiful and charming
If you should deign to grant your approval
And praise these abject, lowly objects.

 

For surely when Heaven deigns
To hear our prayers, and returns you
To these lofty cloisters on the banks of the Tiber

 

Let your gaze linger with pleasure
As you look upon the walls that surround our Ancestral home,
Offering you stories, and fabulous exploits
On canvas, which put to shame the painters of ancient times."

 

I should not conclude in a hypercritical vein. The "List of Artworks" (http://www.getty.edu/research/mellini/works/list) provides a taste of "the works described here in" with useful research notes for those positively identified, possibly identified, related or representative. And as I am finishing Andrew Graham-Dixon's biography of Caravaggio, this discovery of the Mellini family, their claim to three of his works and their coverage by Caravaggio's earliest biographers Mancini and Bellori is a welcome serendipitous crossover between the world of print and the digital.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Mary Kritz

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365 Days of Handwriting

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Take a look at the Japanese hidden compartment box at http://www.bookartiste.blogspot.co.uk/?view=classic.  Not only is the execution of the binding exacting as in so many of the other constructions in this series, but the handling of color and paper (in this case a brilliant solid red contrasting with a turquoise marbled paper) are precise.  The artist works hard to outrun mere craftwork, a perennial pursuit in book art.  In this case, without the butterfly stickers, the work might have gained in that race.

 

The variety, inventiveness and precision of technique in this year-long work in handwriting and binding reward a prolonged look at Kritz's opus. Among several unifying themes is the echo across the pages of the shape of a laptop or tablet screen that contrasts with the handwriting as material and communication alongside the acryclic, watercolor, photography, ink and folds.


Mary Kritz teaches at the Ottawa School of Art in Canada.

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Bookmarking Book Arts - Cutaway Bindings

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"Cut-away binding structure models are a unique challenge in bookbinding - they call for mastery of a technique, thoughful planning of design to best show the underlying structure, and extreme neatness - all to illustrate the complete essence of a particular binding style. Models may range from historical to proofs-of-concept for experimental bindings (something more binders should do)."

 

 


Via Chris Lott
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Seel also Gary Frost and his wife Cecilia's Dry Frio Bindery Set of Historical Bookbindings.  

http://smartsearch.uiowa.edu/primo_library/libweb/action/display.do;jsessionid=955BDA92119DEA8D3E020E6D0F4FBE82?tabs=detailsTab&ct=display&fn=search&doc=uiowa_aleph001707959&indx=1&recIds=uiowa_aleph001707959&recIdxs=0&elementId=0&renderMode=poppedOut&displayMode=full&frbrVersion=&dscnt=0&dum=true&tb=t&frbg=&tab=default_tab&dstmp=1427933916340&srt=rank&vl(freeText0)=dry%20frio%20bindery&vid=uiowa&mode=Basic&gathStatIcon=true

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Chris Lott's curator insight, November 5, 2013 11:54 AM

Fantastic work. If you have an interest in bookbinding, cut-away books are invaluable. I just wish I could get my hands on some of them!

Sara Rosett's curator insight, April 10, 5:26 PM

A new type of #book #art

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Bookmarking Book Art - ABCD: Blue

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At the Artists Book Club Dove, this month’s theme was “Blue”. 

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The Artists Book Club Dove (ABCD) started in 2011 as a spin-off from Bronwen Bradshaw's workshops. The works above from top to bottom come from Judith Warbey,  Jane Paterson and Janine Barchard. Tip of the hat to the ABCD member Ama Bolton's barleybooks blog.

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Bookmarking Book Art - BABE 2015

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Bristol Artists Book Event "is back and bigger than ever for 2015. Spread over 3 floors more than 80 artist bookmakers, dealers and small presses from Bristol and around the world will come together at Arnolfini to show and sell their work."

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If only there were 26 ways to be in two places at once -

 

The weekend of 11/12 April is the closing of "Pliure" at the Calouste-Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris with works of Helena Almeida, Christian Boltanski, Lewis Carroll, Lourdes Castro, Geoffrey Chaucer, Rui Chafes, Closky, d'Alembert, Raffaella della Olga, Diderot, Dürer, Marcel Duchamp, Olafur Eliasson, Robert Filliou, Jean-Luc Godard, John Latham, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, René de Lorraine, William Morris, Bruce Nauman, Alain Resnais, Ed Ruscha, Dayanita Singh, Michael Snow, François Truffaut, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Vostell, Lawrence Weiner and Francesca Woodman.


But then there's the BABE with ABPress, AMBruno, Aidan Moesby , Alembic Books, Ambeck Design, Amber Hsu , Andrew Law, Angela Thames, Annwyn Dean, Antonio Freiles / Spazio Libro d’Artista, Artist Book Club ,Artistsbooksonline.com , Atlantic Press, B-Open bokkunstgruppe, Banbury and Bicester College,Café Royal Books, Caroline Barker, Caseroom Press, Charlotte Hall, Charlotte Vallance, Colin Sackett/Uniformbooks, Collective Investigations, Colva Books, Conrad Collinge, Container Collective, Covet and Whistle, David Jury and the Fox Ash Press, Eileen White, Elizabeth Shackleton Collinge, Elizabeth Shorrock, Ensixteen Editions, Essence Press, Field Study Publications, Gaynor Williams, Gemma Lacey, Hazel Grainger, Here Gallery, Impact Press, Iro Tsavala, Jane Cradock-Watson, Jill Carter, Jo Reed, Jo Wilkinson, Joan Ainley , John Barrett, Julie Caves/Little Black Press, Karen Joyce, Karoline Rerrie , Kate Black, Liver & Lights, London Centre for Book Arts, Lucy Baxandall, M collective, MA Book Art students at Camberwell College of Arts, Mandy Brannan, Mark Hudson, Mavina Baker, Micro Library Books , Mostly Flat, Mr Smith,Noriko Suzuki-Bosco, Old Bear Press, Otto, Paul Dean, Pete Kennedy, Pineapple Falls, Pylon Press, Rebecca Freeman, Road Books, Robert P Clarke, Roberts Print, Sarah Bryant, Semple Press, Sheffield International Artist's Book Prize , Stephen Fowler, Stroud Artists Books, The Emma Press, The Marches Book Arts Group , The Shipping Press, The p’s & q’s Press, Thomas Tomasska, Tiny Pencil, UWE BA Hons Illustration Department, abombpress , paperwallah,reassemble, seekers of lice , whnicPRESS.


What a weekend for book art.

 

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Bookmarking Book Art - Karen Hanmer and Hedi Kyle

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Karen Hanmer’s work weds the ancient act of book binding with the high-tech function of the computer. Her pieces often take the forms of games or puzzles, however, and many include witty text. Hanmer exhibits internationally, and her work has won numerous awards. Her work is included in collections at The Getty Museum, the Library of Congress, Yale University and Graceland. Hanmer is also a winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition.
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Today, 28 March 2015, Karen Hanmer gives a talk the Racine Public Library in Wisconsin about the flag book, a format invented by Hedi Kyle. Coincidentally, today is the deadline for submissions to 23 Sandy Gallery's juried exhibition "Hello Hedi".


"23 Sandy hosts two juried exhibitions each year. Our first for 2015 will be titled HELLO HEDI. For this exciting exhibition we are seeking book art inspired by the myriad structures invented by Hedi Kyle. A force in our field, Hedi has invented structures such as the flag book, blizzard book, fishbone fold, Wunderkabinets, pivoting panel book and many others. She has had an enormous impact on the book arts since the late 1970s."

 

A book arts alignment of stars.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Kim Anno

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"The Albertine Workout" is a collaboration between artist Kim Anno and poet Anne Carson. 

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Albertine is Albertine Simonet, the central love interest in Proust’s "In Search of Lost Time". The Workout explores her character in text and image.  The illustration above touches the biographical note that, according to Proust, the Albertine character was based on Alfred Agostinelli, sometime chauffeur and typist for Proust.


The images resting in the burgundy Solander box on Anno's website are well worth a look. (Carson's text not seen.)

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Bookmarking Book Art - Andrea Mastrovito

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"Assembled from hundreds of cutout plants and animals from repurposed textbooks, artist Andrea Mastrovito created a striking installation where a colony of bats clings to the ceiling, a flight butterflies swarm the gallery walls, and all matter of insects, mammals and plants intermingle ..."

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An infestation of book art!

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Bookmarking Book Art - Josephine Stealey

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"Long term relationships is [sic] a recurring theme in Jo’s work and this is also reflected in the shape of the book  which is meant to recall the shape of her and her husband’s house.  Additionally, pebbles suspended in the metal mesh of the windows of the “house” are from the creek below their actual house and impart a “placeness” of the actual environment of their home."

Robert Bolick's insight:

From Douglas Litts' interview in Smithsonian Magazine with Jo Stealey. Stealey's site can be found here: http://jostealey.com/galleries/SculpturalVessels/FreeStandingVessels/ArtistsBooks/.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Jamie Weaver

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Carta Postala was designed and hand bound in Bucharest, Romania. The photographs and postcards, purchased at a local flea market, reveal the quotidian joys and dramas of the Sturdza family in the volatile 1930’s, when Romanian industry and culture boomed and fascism began to take hold. Many thanks to Anca Cojocaru, Alexandra Dragus, and Denis Nicolae, my University of Bucharest students, who lovingly translated the postcards from Romanian into English.

Pivoting panel book, postcards and photographs from the 1930’s, and booklet of translations, 6.25 x 8.25 x 1.25, unique, 2015
Robert Bolick's insight:

Take a look inside "Carta Postala" and also view Weaver's "The Chalk Churches of Basarabi", another work put together during her Fulbright Scholarship.

https://jamiebweaver.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/the-chalk-churches-of-basarabi/

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Bookmarking Book Art - Mindell Dubansky

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Match safe as book.

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This is Mindell Dubansky's tribute to Patrice Warin and his expertise on "Trench" book art, book objects fashioned by soldiers during World War I. 

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Bookmarking Book Art - Book Binding

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Pins about book binding hand-picked by Pinner Meghan Dahn | See more about artist's book, book art and handmade books.
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A visual encyclopedia of book binding and striking works of art.

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Bookmark - Visual Editions

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Editions at Play Here’s the low down. Editions at Play is the brainchild of Visual Editions and Google’s Creative Lab. There will be a sprawling Library of Possibilities and the books we make will be distributed by Google Play Books.
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The Google essay cited does not have much new to say about the subject that has been "lived" by the likes of Gary Frost, Bob Stein, Amaranth Borsuk, Helen Douglas, William Gass, the late Bill Hill, Karen Hanmer, many others cited here, and the team members at Visual Editions. That's what you should take away from the VE/ Google announcement. VE lives this. Put its feed into your RSS or blog reader and watch evolution happen.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Helen Malone

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"Chance" - a dos-a-dos book made collaboratively with Jack Oudyn. Selected for inclusion in the Manly Artists Book Award, on exhibit at the Manly Library, Market Place, Manly, Sydney, Australia until 15 April 2015.

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Malone's "The Illuminated Book of Babel" is another work worth a closer look (http://www.visualartist.info/helenmalone/selection-of-artists-books-2006-2008/the-illuminated-book-of-babel).  It is a concertina book of perspex pages inscribed with indecipherable languages. Also worth a look - albeit only in a thumbnail - is her take on Vitruvius' and Alberti's works on architecture. In 2006/7, she created ten artists books, each illustrating a different architecture and commenting on book structure (http://www.visualartist.info/helenmalone/selection-of-artists-books-2006-2008/ten-books-on-architecture).  It reminds me of Keith A. Smith's books and Gary Frost's teaching set of historical book bindings.

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Bookmarking Book Art - State Library of Victoria

Join Des Cowley, State Library of Victoria's Rare Printed Collections Manager, as he shares highlights from our collection of artist's books.
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From manuscripts of the 15th century to William Morris to Ed Ruscha and Dieter Rot, this Australian collection testifies to the global reach of book art.

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Bookmarking Book Arts - Jan Tschichold

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When Tschichold wrote Die Neue Typographie he set forth rules for standardization of practices relating to modern type usage. He condemned all typefaces except for sans-serif types, advocated standardized sizes of paper and set forth guidelines for establishing a typographic hierarchy when using type in design. While the text still has many relative uses today, Tschichold eventually returned to a classicist theory in which centered designs and roman typefaces were favored for blocks of copy.
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These drawings for the Sabon typeface represent that return to old-style serif to which the excerpt above refers. Just as interesting are Tschichold's clients' business imperatives that drove the design of Sabon as much as the theory. The story is recounted in Alexander Lawson's "Anatomy of a Typeface".

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Bookmarking Book Art - The Arnolfini Artist Book Collection, Bristol UK

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Containing over 700 items and including work by Robert Smithson, Ed Ruscha, Don Celender, Alison Knowles, John Furnival, and Richard Kostelanetz, the Arnolfini artists’ book collection is one of the largest collections of books made by contemporary artists in the UK. 
Robert Bolick's insight:

If you're thinking of a visit, the collection and Arnolfini archive reside at the Bristol Record Office. You will need to pre-order what you want to view.  Reference numbers for items are available from the catalogue here, and you can call ahead  (+441179224224) or contact Phil Owen on readingroom@arnolfini.org.uk.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Tim Ely

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"I’ve been very, very happy lately to be having wonderful correspondence, and conversations in person, with several really talented binders. One of them, Tim Ely, is a binder who is far more than a binder." - Abby Schoolman, American-Bound.com

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American, born 1949.


From his site: "Artist Timothy C. Ely makes lavishly painted and drawn unique manuscript books, limited edition prints, and is the developer of 21st century professional bookbinding tools and equipment."


Above is the cover and spine detail of The Well, 2010, which measures 15 x 10 inches. This lapis-lazuli-like work resides in a private collection somewhere in Berkeley, California.


Published by Chronicle Books in 1995, "Flight into Egypt: Binding the Book" is a more readily accessible example of Ely's art. 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Flight-into-Egypt-Binding-Book/dp/0811806200/ref=la_B001KHUXL8_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427556403&sr=1-1

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Bookmarking Book Art - Linda Toigo

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"I am a London-based paper artist and graphic designer with a specific interest in book alteration.
My destructive act, performed with an arsenal of scalpel blades, fire, wire and paints, alters existing visual and written material, extracting it from its original context and endowing it with new meanings.My blades are also able to evoke stories from flat sheets of coloured cardboard, mounted together in experimental book structures that offer magical narratives inspired by fairy tales and gothic novels."
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The picture above comes from Linda Toigo's interactive edition of

Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". The interactive elements consist of opening envelopes, ripping pages, constructing illustrations from jigsaw pieces, turning and returning pages facing reflective surfaces, but just as engaging -- perhaps more so -- is the unified way in which layout, texture, page size, illustration and half-tones achieve a gothic atmosphere. Experience it here online: https://www.vimeo.com/19652646


Going to and fro between her blog, website portfolio and Vimeo site is like viewing a solo exhibition in the artist's company. When you have finished viewing this two-minute video, treat yourself to Toigo's book art animation. I especially enjoyed the "hide and seek" effect of the three-level accordion and tunnel book work "Annar and the Moose".  But what is worth repeated viewing is "Medieval and Modern History (Suggestions for Further Study for Jack Hroswith)", in which the artist uses lit matches, a glass surface and her fingers to burn, excavate and sculpt the pages of a used history textbook. 

https://vimeo.com/63814897


Jack Hroswith is the owner's name inscribed on the opening endpaper, which is a haunting piece of random history reflected in the artist's creative process:


"... I gave chance a prominent role: with the same morbid fascination that inspired the fire officer in Fahrenheit 451, I let fire burn its way on the pages, and I observed the devastation of words, maps and illustrations.


At the same time, however, I kept a certain level of control on the destructive process developing a quick reaction to avoid the complete dissolution of the book: for every page I waited for the fire to reach a chosen sentence or a specific image before pushing the paper down onto a glass surface with my fingertips."


In her blog (https://lindatoigo.wordpress.com/), Toigo notes the influence of Gustav Metzger's Autodestructive Art manifesto from the 60s, John Latham's burning "Skoob Tower" and sequences from Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451.  Toigo seems to have no "anxiety of influence". While her works echo those of contemporaries and twentieth century book artists, they do so in their own voice.

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Bookmarking Book Art - David Lasnier

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"soixante dix photocopies de dessins et un dessin de photocopieuse"

(seventy photocopies of drawings and a drawing of a photocopier)

 

"This box contains seventy photocopies of drawings and an original drawing of a photocopier. As it's an edition of 50, I had to draw 50 different photocopiers...."

 

Robert Bolick's insight:

French, born 1975.

 

Imagine a 3D copy of a photocopier factory with 70 3D copies of 70 different photocopiers inside!

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Bookmarking Book Art - Leonardo Ulian

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"Atlas 004 - Vertical Space Order", 2015Books, microchips, copper wire74 4/5 × 14 1/5 × 16 1/10 in190 × 36 × 41 cm

Robert Bolick's insight:

At the base of this sculpture is "The Times Concise Atlas of the World", and at its top, "The Observer's Book of Manned Space Flight (No. 48)". While these two elements of the piece resonate with its rocket-like thrust, metallic gantry-like frame and micro-chip nodes, as does the textbook on projective geometry (Euclidean geometry describes shapes "as they are" while projective geometry describes them "as they appear"), it is hard to suss what Walter Starkie's picaresque travelogue about life with the Roma ("Raggle Taggle") or Cyril Connolly and Jerome Zerbe's picture book on 18th century French "pavillons" or Yehiel Dinur's autobiographical novel of his post-holocaust life in Israel (Ka-Tzetnik 135633, "House of Love") have to do with the rest of it.

 

Art composed of found elements is like that, I suppose. Just enough connectedness to suggest order and intentionality, just enough disconnectedness to suggest disorder and randomness. Ulian works in London, and the books are clearly used books, ones I've stocked on Oxfam's shelves in another life.

 

His other works, incorporating electronic parts soldered together in "microchip synapses" and "technological mandalas", however, imply other tensions -- between technology and the human, the digital and the spiritual.  Or in the case of his "Contrived Objects" (wooden tennis rackets, microchips and copper wire), between the physical and the artificially cerebral.

 

Ulian's more recent work has changed from that of 2010-11 ("A fragile forest" and "From zero to one").  Even though some of the themes, materials and techniques are the same, the more recent works (those noted above) are more focused, self-contained, polished, static and perhaps decorative. I suspect there may be another cycle and even more engaging art coming from this artist.

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Bookmarking Book Art - American Stone Books

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All books were photographed on a 1" grid for scale.

...  In this article, I will discuss American stone books and my attempt to understand this unique form of folk art.

Carved stone books are a fascinating and unusual form of American folk art, which, loosely defined, is traditional artistic expression lavished on common utilitarian objects. Unlike many of the objects now considered folk art, stone books were not intended for any significant practical purpose other than as objects of remembrance." -- Ian Berke, "Carved in Stone: American Stone Books", Maine Antique Digest, April 2015

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Thanks to Mindy Dubansky, head of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Book Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, for the notice.

 

Visit her site for a moving examination of book art in the trenches of World War I:  http://aboutblooks.blogspot.co.uk/

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Bookmarking Book Art - Alex Appella

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"Dear Reader of The János Book,
In May of 2014 I received a letter in the mail.

From János.

Years after he passed away.
Years after I finished the book you read, which tells of him, and his decision to reveal our family’s identity despite decades of secrecy.

The letter is a prologue. The letter is an epilogue.
The letter is a turning point within a work believed to be complete.

The letter, and its arrival, is too unbelievable to not share it with you, so that you may decide for yourself.

And so, I bring to you a woven book, a true story...The János Letter."

Robert Bolick's insight:

First, after more than a decade of working on interviews with her great uncle János, Alex Appella issued "The János Book" as a limited edition artist's book in 2006.  Then, in 2012, there was the trade edition "Entonces el libro". Then, in May 2014, the artist received a letter in the mail. Written in 1983. From János, who had passed away in 2003.

 

Now comes "The János Letter", created of woven pages, collage and text capturing the letter's arrival and its content. Appella has designed 

"The János Letter" to mesh with the trade edition of "The János Book" and "Entonces el libro".  A virtual experience of the works is available at http://www.transientbooks.com/janos/index.swf. ;


 

 

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