Trawling (detail). Installation by Steve McPherson. See Website here.
Old books with yellowing pages, tattered covers and exposed spines, rescued and reinvented, transformed into art. Whoever would have thought that an artform would arise from a pile of discarded books ..... but then nothing should surprise me when it comes to the ingenuity of artists.
Rediscovery by Joseph Hammer. See more of Joseph's work here.
"I’m a lover of books, and I wonder: will there be books as we now know them in the future? I’m partial to using old, discarded hardback books in collages and am inspired by the varieties of colors and textures on their covers, by how they can be used, like paint, to provoke feelings and emotions, to explore things such as line, color saturation and tension. As a lover of history, I pay tribute to these threadbare, tattered tomes. They provide a look back at the bookbinder’s craft and the careful, sometimes elaborate designs, marbling and gold leaf, of long ago. Deterioration does not diminish their beauty but adds a patina of use, of human “hand prints.” - Joseph Hammer
Collected Letters by Joseph Hammer. See more here.
Cartographic No 1. by Steve McPherson. See website here.
"In my bookworks I use empty old second hand photo albums or scrap books, which I collage and montage straight into with mostly my own images and found objects."
"Taking two to three months to complete each work, the works undergo many changes. Time is spent moving and testing objects, images and text without a single item being fixed permanently in its place. Through editing, re-editing, chance and play, meaningful relationships gradually form between the elements and the layers" - Steve McPherson
"Milieu 4" by Brigitte Riesebrodt. See more of Brigette's work here.
"Milieu 2" by Brigitte Reisebrodt
"Langenscheidt 4" by Brigitte Riesebrodt. See more here.
Exposed Spines by Jody Alexander. See website here.
Jody Alexander "likes to rescue books in distress and give them new life as rebound books, scrolls and sculptural pieces."
Bars (Grey) by John Fraser. See more of John's work here.
"The book is just one component; once it becomes a part of the picture plane I negotiate that plane. Nuance, subtlety, and beauty and all things I think are worth looking at, those all matter to me." - John Fraser
Relief with Rule by John Fraser.
Mixed media using book parts by Roberta Lee Woods. See more of Roberta's work here.
Book sculpture by Jacqueline Rush Lee. See Jacqueline's website here.