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Bookmarking Book Art - Jody Alexander, The Uncommon Thread

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The San Francisco Center for the Book currently has on display this exhibition of Jody Alexander's work. It runs through 1 February 2014.


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The photo above comes from Alexander's series "Sedimentals", which can be seen here http://www.jalexbooks.com/SEDIMENTALS.HTML.

 

This series, which "takes the form of tea staining cotton to replicate the colors of aged and browned bookspines and swaddling or layering them to create a safe haven for these beautiful objects, enshrining them", is an interesting instance of book art to which Garrett Stewart's "Bookwork: Medium to Object to Concept to Art" applies (http://www.english.uiowa.edu/people/garrett-stewart).

 

Check out Alexander's site, read Stewart's book and see if you agree.

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Bookmarking Book Art - A Calendar Page for January 2014

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Over the past few years, we have highlighted a series of calendars from medieval manuscripts, including the Isabella Breviary (see this post for more details on calendars in medieval manuscripts), the Hours of Joanna of Castile (Joanna the Mad) and...
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Bookmark - When books became transitive verbs (with you as the object)

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Several new e-book subscription services are analyzing the data of readers and providing it free.
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Talk about "evolution of the book"! It's no longer science fiction to think of a book behaving like a transitive verb. (For an early thought experiment on this, see Jonathan Swift's satire "The Battle of the Books".)
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Bookmark - Nine places to look in 2014 to predict the future of publishing

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Having watched the return of the "late" Sherlock Holmes on the BBC last night, I can't resist thinking of Mike Shatzkin's nine bellwethers as the "rats" (ne'er-do-wells) whose every movement Sherlock monitors for actions out of the ordinary. Okay, a strained analogy, but just the thought of Mike Shatzkin in a deerstalker is worth it!
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Bookmarking Book Art - Rusty Squid's Book Hive

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The work Rusty Squid create has the unique ability to reach out, arrest and capture people in a deeply personal way.
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An interactive conjunction of the world of print and the world of robotics.  Visit the UK's Bristol Central Library to see it in person.

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Book of the Week: Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage

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““This ‘experimental’ paperback became a best seller and helped popularize McLuhan’s ideas,” says Designers & Books contributor Warren Lehrer (pp.”
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The print origin of the mashup?
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Bookmarking Book Art - Emma Taylor

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In the silent aisle of that old bookshop lay a thousand stories waiting to be told. The books keep still, patiently filling the aisle's emptiness with faint echos that become louder and clearer as ...
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Interviewed in Dimitri's Bookbinding corner

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Bookmarking Book Art: Mike Stilkey’s Shark Eating Books

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Or is that books eating shark?  

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Bookmarking Book Art - The Book Hive in Bristol

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A giant living sculpture known as Book Hive is bringing books to life and thrilling visitors to Bristol Central Library in a celebration of 400 years of public libraries in the city.
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Book Hive is a movement-responsive installation, infusing books with new life.  It opened on the 7th of December and runs until 7 March 2014.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Two Catalogs by Barb Tetenbaum

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My Antonia Catalog by Barbara Tetenbaum
Portland artist and teacher-extraordinaire, Barb Tetenbaum is today’s holiday Gifty Pick.
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Worth a look - http://books-on-books.com/

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Bookmark - Gary Spencer on the Evolution of Digital Publishing in Scholarly Publishing

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In this video presentation, Gary Spencer, Associate Director of Product Management in Wiley's Global Research Division, ponders the staying power of the PDF ...
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Explored on The Scholarly Kitchen by Alice Meadows, a colleague of Spencer.  Covers PDF, HTML, HTML5, the Digital Object Identifier, smart content, deep linking, metrics and the version of record.

http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2013/12/06/the-evolution-of-digital-publishing-and-its-formats/

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Artist's Statement: Jukhee Kwon on abandoned book sculptures ...

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From South Korea to Italy and London to Abu Dhabi, artist Jukhee Kwon is known for cutting and slicing books into magnificent sculptures. Her new show has just opened at October Gallery.
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Soaring

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Bookmark - Blind Impressions, Joseph Dane and the evolution of the book

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In these days of ebooks, in which the very act of reading has become an object of study and debate, I was delighted to come across a scholarly book that addresses such questions as, “What is a book in the study of print culture?
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Hope Leman's interview with Dane does its job:  makes you want to dig a bit deeper into the book.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Jamie Poole

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Jamie Poole is an artist and teacher living and working in Northamptonshire, England. The material with which he works is shredded lines of poetry texts.  This is a detail from his self portrait.

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See enlarged views and other portraits on the Flickr site (www.jamie-poole.com).  Like the work of Micheal Mapes or Andrew Hayes, this book art rises with and above its material.

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Bookmark - Josef Beery's Contribution to "The End of Books"

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Is the book like a pitcher?  

 

I wonder.  What was it that Yeats, Stevens and Roethke wrote about form and content?

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Bookmark - When books became transitive verbs (with you as the object)

Bookmark - When books became transitive verbs (with you as the object) | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Several new e-book subscription services are analyzing the data of readers and providing it free.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Talk about "evolution of the book"! It's no longer science fiction to think of a book behaving like a transitive verb. (For an early thought experiment on this, see Jonathan Swift's satire "The Battle of the Books".)
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Bookmark - Nine places to look in 2014 to predict the future of publishing

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Having watched the return of the "late" Sherlock Holmes on the BBC last night, I can't resist thinking of Mike Shatzkin's nine bellwethers as the "rats" (ne'er-do-wells) whose every movement Sherlock monitors for actions out of the ordinary. Okay, a strained analogy, but just the thought of Mike Shatzkin in a deerstalker is worth it!
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Bookmarking Book Art - Guy Laramée's "Adieu" to the Encyclopedia Britannica

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In one of his most ambitious book sculptures to date artist Guy Laramée (previously here and here) created an homage to the printed Encyclopedia Britannica by transforming a 24-volume set into a sloping mountainous landscape.
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Le mot juste ... l'objet juste.  

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A Legendary Antiquity – The Kelmscott/Goudy Press

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“Engraving of the KG press by John DePol from American Iron Hand Presses by Stephen O. Saxe My first look at the famed Kelmscott/Goudy press owned by J.”
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An affecting anecdote of how the history of printing touches us ... From human to human touch.
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Bookmark - Great text transcends nothing

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Disclaimer: Working on ebooks is how I make my living. Therefor you should take everything I write about ebooks with a grain of salt. Anybody whose economic future depends on specific viewpoints is...
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Baldur Bjarnason's eloquent demand for better design for ebooks.

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Bookmarking Book Art - A-Z by Byggstudio

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This is Bookclub II, reminiscent of Moonbot's "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore".  See Bookclub I for a version reminiscent of "The Numberlys".

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Bookmarking Book Art - Karen Hanmer

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The flag book structure has become a reoccurring model in Karen Hanmer's work. She has quite an eye for transforming flat imagery into interesting movable objects. Bluestem was created in 2006 in a...
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In her "Bookbinder of the Month" series, Erin Fletcher celebrates the work of book artist Karen Hanmer.  By opening up two tabs - one for http://herringbonebindery.com and one for http://books-on-books.com/ - you can compare the common inspiration by Willa Cather's My Antonía of two book artists - Hanmer and Tetenbaum.

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Bookmark - Louise McWhinnie on the invisible art of typography

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If the type that surrounds us clamours for our attention, then the space that surrounds it is the silent component: ever-present, but only considered when it imposes upon, hinders or muddies type’s meaning…...
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A clearly written and beautifully illustrated explanation of kerning, spacing and leading.

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Altered Book Challenge | isabell buenz

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But then they thought of me and challenged me to restore this book into one of my altered book treasures. Well, I did and here it is: The finished book sculpture. So, what did I actually do to rescue this?
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If only the publisher had been Bloomsbury instead of Orion ...

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Bookmarking Book Art ... In Maitland, Florida

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All of the best of the Orlando art world. Orlando Weekly is your source for gallery listings, art openings, theater reviews and cultural news. If it’s happening out there, you’ll find it in here.
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"If Hyatt’s works are reminiscent of Joseph Cornell’s boxes, immanent with stories whispered among the gathered ephemera, Dawn Rosendahl’s approach is more explicitly sculptural. She approaches the book as a raw material from which to hew a form, like a block of wood or marble. Her carved monuments to book-as-object are on display at the Maitland Art Center through Jan. 5, 2014."

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