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Bookmarking Book Art - Land art and books

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How land art learns not only to shape landscapes, but understand them.
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For more on Basia Irland and Lucy Lippard (mentioned here), see http://wp.me/p2AYQg-aI.
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Bookmarking Book Art – Vienna Romanée, updated 20170830

Bookmarking Book Art – Vienna Romanée, updated 20170830 | Books On Books | Scoop.it
From 4 June to 29 October, Vienna Romanée's "Data Sewing Project" will be on display (and growing) in the Coda Paper Art 2017 exhibition at the Coda Museum in Apeldoorn. These snippets of data from newspapers are sewn together with human hair. Also on display will be Fingerprint 1.1, a painstakingly created sculpture of a fingerprint…
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Bookmarking Book Art - Brian Goggin

Bookmarking Book Art - Brian Goggin | Books On Books | Scoop.it

"Traffic of Ideas" 2005

(A site-specific sculpture for the Seattle Arts Commission)

"Oversized bronze cast books seemingly topple off a prominent gateway, apparently blown off their perch by a sudden gust of wind, opening and loosing pages in clumps as they fall. The bronze pages, etched with print taken from books written by local writers, are frozen in a moment, where they are being blown out of the books and down the street."

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Bookmarking Book Art - The Folding Plate

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"A folding plate is an aspect of a specialized anatomy of book art sometimes called ‘movable books’. Pop-up books, well known in children’s literature are the most popular form of the moving book, but folding plates and volvelles preceded them and had more practical utility. For example Ramon Llull the Catalan Kabalist used volvelle dials in his many works on the Ars Notoria and Memoria....
Opening a folding plate causes an interruption in the reading process. It offers the reader an opportunity to think about what was read while contemplating the materials on the printed sheet. Again alchemy and mysticism share this meditative approach, a kind of inner reading read through the visual language of the birds or abecedarium."

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An "insightful" illustration and explanation of this book art technique or form.  A bonus, too, to see some of William Kiesel's collection.
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Bookmarking Book Art - University of Lausanne

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A five-day mutating documentation, on the occasion of “Images and Texts Reproduced”, at the University of Lausanne
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A curious site of citations and illustrations.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Francisca Prieto in the 57th Venice Biennale

Bookmarking Book Art - Francisca Prieto in the 57th Venice Biennale | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Sunday 18 June 2017, (pg7) Domingo, Junio 18, 2017 (pg7) Artes y Letras / El Mercurio Por Elena Irarrázabal Sánchez Francisca Prieto y su exploración de lenguajes visuales Residente en Londres hace casi dos décadas, la artista chilena participa en una de las muestras en torno a la Bienal de Venecia. Prieto construye complejas estructuras a partir de antiguos impresos, fragmentos de historia que adquieren nuevos sentidos.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Francisca Prieto's work at the intersection of text and image continues to astound, so much so that the 57th Venice Biennale is including her recent work "Utopian Work".  

See more on Francisca Prieto here: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-QA
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Bookmarking Book Art - Anouk Kruithof

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Subconscious Travelling is an installation of 99 photo stickers and 5 pieces of color glass. Directly applied to the wall, these images capture empty photo-negative sleeves from an anonymous album – most likely documenting travels, as the hand written names of cities and places indicate. Kruithof found and bought the book on flea market in Berlin.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Kruithof is a prolific and innovative artist. Somehow her manipulation of photographic processes and application of the results to a variety of materials and modes of display almost always relates to book art (see also http://www.anoukkruithof.nl/enclosed-content-chatting-away-in-the-colour-invisibility).
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Bookmarking Book Art – Holuhraun, 2014-2015

Bookmarking Book Art – Holuhraun, 2014-2015 | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Ruston's art celebrates the natural world and human spirit, inviting viewers "to follow, to unravel secrets, and to pay close attention to the world around them". Part of a series called Ocean Blue, the book She Returns uses a double concertina fold and ink on Fabriano watercolor paper to invite us to follow the image of a leatherback turtle making…
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From the artist Chris Ruston: On August 16th 2014 a series of 1600 earthquakes began in the Baroarbunga volcano, Iceland. Magma was channelling its way underground, creating a 31 mile long intrusive dike. This ended in the already existing Holuhraun lava field, to the north of the Vatnajokull glacier. After a minor eruption on 29th August, a mile long fissure opened up two days later, spewing 1,175 C hot lava from three craters. The eruption continued for 181, days finally coming to an end on 27th February 2015.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Sam Winston 

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Winston’s experiments came from looking at the structures of different types of literature: from storybooks to bus timetables: “The way you navigate a timetable is very different to the way you read a short story” he comments. “I wanted to take these different types of visual navigation and introduce them to each other: a timetable re-ordering all the words from beauty and the beast, or a newspaper report on Snow White.” By imposing the visual rules of one style of writing to a different system of organizing language, Winston has created a visually arresting and verbally intriguing piece.” Paula Carson, Graphic Poetry. June 2005
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A favorite of Books On Books noted here on "The World is Concrete". 

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Bookmarking Book Art - Julie Chen

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The SummerStudio 2017 is underway at Kutztown University. SummerStudio is a partnership with Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, National Art Education Association and Craft In America.
Robert Bolick's insight:
In 2009, PBS collaborated with the Los Angeles-based Craft in America Center to produce a documentary series called "Craft in America". One of the segments featured Julie Chen (http://www.craftinamerica.org/shorts/book-artist-julie-chen-on-her-process/) discussing her working process and how she discovered book art. The Center continues to support book art through workshops such as this one run by Chen (http://www.craftinamerica.org/summer-institute-2017/?_scpsug=crawled_46008_fb7ff090-5d67-11e7-c577-f01fafd7b417#_scpsug=crawled_46008_fb7ff090-5d67-11e7-c577-f01fafd7b417).

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Bookmark - Learn to make a Roman Wax Tablet at the San Francisco Center for the Book

Bookmark - Learn to make a Roman Wax Tablet at the San Francisco Center for the Book | Books On Books | Scoop.it

"The Roman wax tablet, or pugillare, . . . was used for all sorts of written material of the time, from tax invoices and shopping lists to poetry. Letters were often sent in this form to soldiers at the frontiers of empire. Hundreds of examples of such tablets have been found along Hadrian's Wall in England, in the ancient Roman town of Vindolanda."

Robert Bolick's insight:
Lake District bookbinder Michael Burke teaches how to make a Roman wax tablet at the SFCB. Guaranteed not to receive Trump tweets.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Large-scale Installations

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Argentinian artist Marta Minujín’s anti-censorship work The Parthenon of Books (2017) is catching the eyes of many visitors. The work is chockablock with books that are or have been banned by national governments, and it ties together references to the show’s second venue in Athens (often called the birthplace of democracy), the history of Nazi book-burnings, and Argentina’s own experience with dictatorship.
Robert Bolick's insight:
For more on large-scale book art installations, http://wp.me/p2AYQg-RE.  www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - The Deletionist

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Please, drag the icon to your bookmark bar. Then, go to any site and click The Deletionist bookmark. ...About The Deletionist... ... How to Use It ... ... On Its Workings ... Keep in Touch Please contact thedeletionist@thedeletionist.com with any comments.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Another collaboration from Amaranth Borsuk. Think of Jonathan Safran Foer's "Tree of Codes", in which the author created a completely other, coherent novel from Bruno Schulz's novel "The Street of Crocodiles" from the lines and words left behind after cutting out lines and words from the pages of the latter. The Deletionist lets you create free-form poems automatically from just about any web page. Of course, what you gain in automaticity, you possibly lose in coherence. www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Marlene MacCallum

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"The piece I created, Chicago Octet, had several collaborative components. The letterpress printing consisted of a word selected by each participant printed on one of Scott’s folded structures. The images were a digital layering of every cityscape photograph that I made and then inkjet printed on top of the letterpress. The final folded structure was designed by Mary Clare Butler. The case was designed and built by Scott McCarney, the front cover embossment was by David Morrish and Clifton Meador."

Robert Bolick's insight:
"Chicago Octet" is an outstanding, upstanding, astounding work of visual poetry by eight masters of book art. If they were performing music (and you can almost hear the music of Michigan Avenue), MacCallum would be their performing conductor.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Cathryn Miller

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I first heard about the Chinese Thread Book from my sister-in-law in early February, 2013. Apparently textile collectors had known about them for some time before that, but this was probably about the time people in the book arts started to notice them. Her email mentioning them included a link to a textile forum with…
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See all four parts of this exploration of the Chinese Thread book, origami and book art.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Ines v. Ketelhodt + Peter Malutzki: Zweite Enzyklopädie von Tlön

Bookmarking Book Art - Ines v. Ketelhodt + Peter Malutzki: Zweite Enzyklopädie von Tlön | Books On Books | Scoop.it
"Now the fifty volumes lie before us, and we see they are actually only a tiny part of a huge ice-berg that is really a book-berg. Most of it we cannot see because it is below the surface, but we are aware of its existence. We see the project connected to a multitude of other books and are happy that, by the incorporation into public collections, it is now literally close to an enormous number of other books."
Robert Bolick's insight:
Inspired by Jorge Luis Borges' epilogue to his short story "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius", these two book artists published their fifty-volume "Zweite Enzyklopädie von Tlön" between 1997 and 2006. The site provides a small peek inside and a list of institutions where the multilingual and monumental work of craft and art can be found. The retired rare book dealer Joshua Heller had an interactive website devoted to the "Second Encyclopedia of Tlön", but now the link to it ends in an advertisement for a "Lawyer Marketing Book". So the physical and conceptual work of art is better linked and networked than its temporarily lost digital counterpart.
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Bookmarking Book Arts - The Bookmarks series

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Over the last fourteen years, the Bookmarks series of free artwork distribution has visited 148 galleries, bookstores, workshops, centres, schools, museums and libraries in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and USA

544 artists have contributed 54,700 bookmarks to the fourteen projects to date. Each bookmark is stamped with the current project’s website address, which directs the taker of the bookmark to the gallery section of the website. Visitors can view works by the artists and contact contributors via their website and email links on our site.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Anyone seen any of the book artists' bookmarks from this series in his or her local bookstore? The ones shown above come from the Canadian book artist Jocelyne Aird-Bélanger.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Is It Mold? Is It Art?

Bookmarking Book Art - Is It Mold? Is It Art? | Books On Books | Scoop.it
One of the hazards in collecting and/or selling antiquarian and secondhand books is the frequent presence of mold. Active book mold is usually identifiable, as it is typically damp and fuzzy, but inactive mold can often be confused with dirt, staining, or just commonplace foxing. I recently found the very helpful chart below, which was…
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Compare the images above with those of works by M.L. Van Nice, Finlay Taylor and Cathryn Miller: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-qa and http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Tk. ;
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Bookmarking Book Art - Sam Winston interview in the Typeroom

Bookmarking Book Art - Sam Winston interview in the Typeroom | Books On Books | Scoop.it
An exploration of semantics or an effective re-structuring of what typography and words REALLY are, whatever the case, Sam Winston’s work is breathtaking. A visual explorer of language, the London-based artist and educator has spent his working life examining the way we approach all manner of literary artifacts. Always engaging his audience with words in a visually stunning manner, Winston started writing stories and selling artist books through London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts and can no
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Bookmarking Book Art - Cor Aerssens

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Photo from the site of the fascinating binder, book artist and box maker Cor Aerssens in Warffum, The Netherlands.  
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To appreciate this binding (and the range of Aerssens' inventiveness), you will need to visit his site: http://cor-aerssens.nl/fotos/.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Vienna Romanée

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From 4 June to 29 October, Vienna Romanée's "Data Sewing Project" will be on display (and growing) in the Coda Paper Art 2017 exhibition at the Coda Museum in Apeldoorn. These snippets of data from newspapers are sewn together with human hair.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Visit Romanée's site:https://viennaromanee.wordpress.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Jane Lombard Gallery's "Sites of Knowledge"

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Sites of Knowledge addresses critical ideas about history, authorship and visual structures of knowledge. Indirectly, the curators question how we “look” at knowledge and engage with the complexities of our collective history – both imagined and observed. At what point do we begin to attach meaning to a line, a symmetry, and a sound?
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Includes work from Guy Laramée, Enrico Isamu Ōyama, Michael Rakowitz, Karen Schiff, and Sophie Tottie among others.  

For more on Guy Laramée, see also http://wp.me/p2AYQg-4y.

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Bookmark - Aldus Manutius online (The Wosk-McDonald Aldine Collection)

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Publishing @ SFU and Simon Fraser University Library are delighted to present the online appearance of the Wosk–McDonald Aldine Collection. The collection came to SFU in 1995 from the collector Hugh McDonald and his wife Jerry with support from Morris and Dr. Yosef Wosk. In all, it comprises 106 volumes published by the Venetian press of Aldus Manutius between 1501 and 1580.
Robert Bolick's insight:
The Aldus@SFU site (Simon Fraser University) provides access to 21 of the 106 volumes in the Wosk-McDonald collection. In addition, there are background essays from rare book authority Rebecca Romney, scholar John Willinsky and novelist Robin Sloan.

More on Manutius resources here:

http://wp.me/p2AYQg-SU (on the Rylands exhibition in Manchester, UK)
http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Pa (on the Margolis Oxford lecture and the Manutius Network
http://wp.me/p2AYQg-4Z (on Aldus and business models in publishing)
http://wp.me/p2AYQg-19P (on the Glasgow collection)

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Bookmarking Book Art – Chris Ruston

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Ruston's art celebrates the natural world and human spirit, inviting viewers "to follow, to unravel secrets, and to pay close attention to the world around them". Part of a series called Ocean Blue, the book She Returns uses a double concertina fold and ink on Fabriano watercolor paper to invite us to follow the image of a leatherback turtle making…
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More on Chris Ruston's art, http://wp.me/p2AYQg-163. ;
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Bookmarking Book Art - Marc Straus 

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Marc Straus presents "The White Heat", an exhibition of white paintings and sculptures. "In 1918 Kazimir Malevich introduced Suprematist Composition: White on White, a painting of a cool white square over a warm white background. Malevich proclaimed in the Moscow exhibition catalog: 'I have overcome the lining of the colored sky, torn it down and into the bag thus formed, put color, tying it up with a knot. Swim in the white free abyss, infinity is before you.'"

Robert Bolick's insight:
Includes "THE TIME MACHINE (after H.G. Wells) by Tim Rollins + K.O.S. See http://wp.me/p2AYQg-192 for more.  www.books-on-books.com
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