Craft & Design
Alex Queral’s carved phone book art
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Alex Queral does these wonderful heads, carved out of phone books (then painted with
acrylics). In his Artist’s Statement, he says:

I carve the faces out of phone books because I like the three-dimensional quality that results and because of the unexpected results that occur working in this medium. The three-dimensional quality enhances the feeling of the pieces as an object as opposed to a picture.

In carving and painting a head from a phone directory, I’m celebrating the individual lost in the anonymous list of thousands of names that describe the size of the community. In addition, I like the idea of creating something that is normally discarded every year into an object of longevity.

Alex Queral

2 thoughts on “Alex Queral’s carved phone book art

  1. What a wonderful technique; he captures the subjects so well and it’s amazing that these are done out of phone books! Finally, a use for those behemoths in the digital age.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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