• bludwulf

    “hese works can be seen as metaphors for language. Like language, that is ephemeral and powerful.
    While I’m dealing with dark subject matter, such as loss, loneliness and fragility, I am dealing with it in a light manner.”

    couldn’t she do this without destroying a bunch of books?
    seems to me she is turning books with a naturally long useful lifespan into ephemeral art.. a waste, perhaps she could switch to newspaper or magazine for her medium.

  • bludwulf

    “hese works can be seen as metaphors for language. Like language, that is ephemeral and powerful.
    While I’m dealing with dark subject matter, such as loss, loneliness and fragility, I am dealing with it in a light manner.”

    A metaphor for language???? I think they really were language before she cut em up!
    couldn’t she do this without destroying a bunch of books?
    seems to me she is turning books with a naturally long useful lifespan into ephemeral art.. a waste, perhaps she could switch to newspaper or magazine for her medium.

  • svofski

    While this looks cool at first sight, I’m very uncomfortable with this too.. First impression – wow, second and the lasting one – butchery.

  • EvanDonovan

    My friend Elizabeth Tubergen did an installation for the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI which involved cutting apart a book and nailing the words in it to the wall. Here’s her pictures of setup. And here’s photos of the show as a whole.

    I don’t see anything wrong with making art out of books, as long as they’re not rare books or anything.