- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books; 8.2.2013 edition (August 20, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452117101
- ISBN-13: 978-1452117102
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Art Made from Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed Hardcover – August 20, 2013
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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. (Sept.)
"As a bibliophile, you might have conflicting emotions about these sculptures. Many books were harmed in the making of this book. But the thousands of painted, shredded, and petrified pages are not so much defiled as exalted by the artists whose works are shown in lush photos here." - Entertainment Weekly
"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.... 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....A magical collection of paper wonders." - Publishers Weekly
"I was instantly taken with Art Made from Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed - a compendium of extraordinary artworks from the around the world.... Sensual, rugged, breathtakingly intricate, ranging from "literary jewelry" to paperback chess sets to giant area rugs woven of discarded book spines, these cut and carved tomes remind us that art is not a thing but a way of being in the world that transmutes its dead cells into living materials, its cultural legacy into ever-evolving art forms and creative sensibilities." - Brain Pickings
"Books take on a whole new life in Laura Heyenga's anthology of groundbreaking artists who've stitched, sliced, cut and carved bound literature to create anything from an intricate chess set to a huge area rug to a literary jewelry collection. (Never fear: The artists use recycled or discarded books-that otherwise would end up in landfills!). In fact, the real joy of this book comes from discovering how each individual starts with the same item and yet ends up with vastly different works of art." - Oprah.com
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Having said that, it was my fault for not reading the description carefully, and the artwork was stunning; I'm looking on google for lessons as I can't find a book that is purely on this subject.