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Slash: Paper Under the Knife Paperback – December 1, 2009
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The range of work is quite impressive. A life-size cardboard car by Chris Gilmour; photo-sculptures by Oliver Herring reveal a (real) nude covered in multi-colored digital C-prints; Olafur Eliasson laser cut a three-dimensional house in a 454 page book so that you go through a cross-section of the building as the pages are turned (I thought this looked quite stunning) Nina Katchadourian's art is as simple as collecting books so that the titles on the spine can be read together: 'Primitive Art' 'Just Imagine' 'Picasso' 'Raised By wolves' (another of her works, not shown in the book, reads: 'A Day At The Beach' 'The Bathers' 'Shark 1' 'Shark 2' 'Shark 3' 'Sudden Violence' 'Silence') My favorite paper artist is Brian Dettmar who cuts up visual books to create an elaborate tableaux of the contents, unfortunately I didn't think his best work was included.
The book is pleasantly designed with each artist having a photo, biography and some text revealing their thoughts about their work followed by three to five examples. The first forty-four pages have an overview essay by David McFadden (curator for the Museum of Art and Design) where he groups the various artists into different creative styles.
Slash is a fascinating book of art that really is an eye-opener and as I mentioned it covers anything to do with paper. A title that I've enjoyed that only focuses on books, in the creative sense, is Fully Booked: Cover Art and Design for Books full of commercially printed and one-off examples showing what can be created with a physical book and the printed page.
***SEE SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking 'customer images' under the cover.