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Art Made from Books

Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed

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Artists around the world have lately been turning to their bookshelves for more than just a good read, opting to cut, paint, carve, stitch or otherwise transform the printed page into whole new beautiful, thought-provoking works of art. Art Made from Books is the definitive guide to this compelling art form, showcasing groundbreaking work by today's most showstopping practitioners. From Su Blackwell's whimsical pop-up landscapes to the stacked-book sculptures of Kylie Stillman, each portfolio celebrates the incredible creative diversity of the medium. A preface by pioneering artist Brian Dettmer and an introduction by design critic Alyson Kuhn round out the collection.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 12, 2013 – The 27 visual artists whose portfolios comprise this exciting collection each work with printed books as their medium. They carve, paint, and repurpose pulp to striking effect, building startling secondary evocations from their material’s primary narratives. Amid the rush toward e-books, this volume amounts to a wild celebration of the printed, illustrated, and bound form. Subject matter and tone range widely, from Alex Queral’s cheerful, uncannily accurate bas-relief–style portraits of Don Knotts, David Bowie, Mr. Bean, and others X-Acto-knifed from phone books, to the more free-form, abstract pulpy sculptures that Jacqueline Rush Lee concocts. Several artists use print’s built-in fairytale potency to create charming, fanciful evocations of the worlds a book contains. Brian Dettmer exposes and celebrates the graphics contained in books through painstakingly precise, layer-by-layer excavation. And in a glorious nod to pop-up books, Su Blackwell’s work rises from the page to richly evoke scenes from folklore. The book itself furthers the sense of liberation and playfulness by exposing its own spine. The central message is uplifting and joyous—that a book is a uniquely precious, infinitely malleable treasure chest in the hands of an ambitious artist. With a solid preface by Dettmer and a helpful introduction by Alyson Kuhn, Heyenga (editor of Paper Cutting) presents a magical collection of paper wonders. 200 photos.


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Art Made from Books
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Art & Architecture
  • Published: Aug 20, 2013
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Seller: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Print Length: 176 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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