Category Archives: Bookart

Books on Tape… and 45, and Flip Phone

One of the things you’ll hear a lot about in any self-respecting MLS or Media Studies program is digital forensics—a good term, a little bit geeky and a little bit CSI. The idea, of course, is preservation. Archival collections are no longer just about flat fibrous printed stuff, but all the material used to carry […]

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Voluminous: Massimo Bartolini’s Bookyard

So yes, we have established that we like the little free libraries. They have a certain DIY ethic, they’re populist, they’re cute. Even if they do give people the excuse to use the word “wee,” which should never happen unless someone is Scottish—and probably not even then—I am in favor of them. But I’m also […]

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Hiroko Kono’s “About Memories”

At first glance, Japanese artist Hiroko Kono’s sculptures look like installations playing on a bookish sense of chaos—an office, a library, even a bedroom haphazardly overtaken by books and random storage solutions. On closer examination, though, Kono’s assemblages turn out to be sculpted entirely from scrap lumber and shelving salvaged from abandoned schools. Detail photos […]

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Crafty Crafts in Edinburgh

I’m all for guerrilla art of just about any sort—I’ll even admit to missing the old painted subway cars, although not the nasty interiors or the regular muggings. But any kind of sneaky aesthetic irregulars, out to make a point or just make you look, are champs as far as I’m concerned. And if the […]

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Dog-Earing

There’s no discussion that gets lovers of literature going like the one about marking up books: Do you write in the margins? Underline? Inscribe? Paste bookplates? I think one of the things I enjoy most about altered book art is that whiff of the transgressive, and the way the creative act takes it out of […]

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Emergences: Brian Dettmer’s Altered Books

Most of the time when I like a piece of art it’s the finished product I’m interested in more than the process. There are exceptions to that, of course—certain kinds of performance, or when I’ve watched a friend’s work-in-progress blossom from rough draft to finished copy. But unless references to a work’s genesis are intentional, […]

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The Dueling Inner Bloggers on Literary Decor

Two pretty out-there pieces of literary interior decoration have been making the rounds this week. And while both are delightful in their own right, they also drive home the point of how fiercely the creative and spontaneous blogger inside me is at war with the cranky old sleep-deprived blogger. Item #1: The Rug Made Out […]

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Never Judge…?

One of the benefits of putting up with various New York annoyances is not having to experience really terrible cultural jealousy too often. A good piece of theater will invariably pass through here at some point, as will most musicians, and basically every film ever made. There will be art exhibits that are tied to […]

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Reasons to Be Thankful: One, Two, Three

One: A flickr set of vintage Edward Gorey book covers, including a bunch of great old John Bellairs mysteries. Turns out one of the set compilers is Deth P. Sun, an artist whose work I have hanging in my house. Good stuff. (via Reading Copy.) Two: The Gutenberg Variations, a series of book paintings by […]

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Directory Assistance

They still deliver phone books in my neighborhood. This year we got two sets of Yellow Pages—I picture some harried phone company temp unloading as many as he could get away with on a given block so he could knock off early. They’re nothing but an inconvenience anymore, the wrong size for the recycling box, […]

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