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 reveal a pleasingly tactile coarseness, with chisel marks and cut edges visible, as if the books have yet to be fully born from their own potential states. The whole effect is a kind of visual analogy to the satisfaction that comes from handling well-made hardcovers, if also a little intimidating in its precariousness. I imagine a lot of us can relate.
She recently exhibited at the Nakanojo Biennale, and Spoon & Tamago has highlighted some of her earlier work, the mixed-media “About Memories.” While I’m totally dependent on Google’s translation to navigate Kono’s website, her description of the piece as “Albums, notebooks, diaries, and many memories of your files” is clear enough.
(via Fuck Yeah, Book Arts!)