You are here: Home IG Art From Old Books Art From Old Books by Keiren April 13, 2016, 8:39 pm 31 Comments Many old books simply get thrown out—even by libraries. Artists have found a better second life for unwanted books. Jonathan Callan of London – The Defrauder. joseebienvenugallery.com Jonathan Callen uses large screws to hold the books together. joseebienvenugallery.com Jonathan Callen – The theoretical assumptions of management, 2008. Bio: www.artnet.com Kudlek van der Grinten Galerie. Cara Barer of Houston, Texas. “No important books have been injured during the making of any of these photographs.” Cara Barer Whirligig 2006, 36” x 36” “I realized I owned many books that were no longer of use to me, or for that matter, anyone else. Would I ever need “Windows 95?” After soaking it in the bathtub for a few hours, it had a new shape and purpose.” www.carabarer.com Psigologica biologica, (2012) by Barbara Wildenboer barbarawildenboer.com Book art by Ekaterina Panikanova, born in St. Petersburg in 1975, lives and works in Rome and St. Petersburg. www.ekaterinapanikanova.com Book art by Ekaterina Panikanova. www.ekaterinapanikanova.com Matej Krén Book Cell, Centro de Arte Moderna – Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2006. The artist has done numerous such book installations. www.matejkren.cz/en Matej Krén Inside of above Book Cell. The artist currently lives and works in Prague. Photo by Ferran Moreno Lanza, www.flickr.com Daniel Essig Asheville, North Carolina. Uses found books that have mangled spines and covers but good quality paper, and he uses that paper in his work. Often, as in this work, he uses old Bibles with exceptionally thin paper, which has a nice drape and flow. This work is a single structure that can be hung on the wall. danielessig.com Book art by an anynomous artist found in Edinburgh. From March to November of 2011, ten small book sculptures with tags saying “In support of libraries, books, words, and ideas” were found in various book-friendly locations in Scotland. Book art by an anynomous artist found in Edinburgh. From March to November of 2011, ten small book sculptures with tags saying “In support of libraries, books, words, and ideas” were found in various book-friendly locations in Scotland. schoollibrarybeyondsurvival.wordpress.com Buddha carved from books. Image courtesy of the artist / Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. Long-Bin Chen (Taiwanese, b.1964) halsey.cofc.edu Indian Buddha carved from phone books. By Long-Bin Chen (Taiwanese, b.1964) artnet.com Book carvings from the culture warrior series. Long-Bin Chen (Taiwanese, b.1964) Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. halsey.cofc.edu Book sculpture from the icon series. Long-Bin Chen (Taiwanese, b.1964) Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. halsey.cofc.edu Wim Botha Born in 1974, graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1996, and currently lives in Cape Town. Pic source Dealer: stevenson.info Pablo Lehmann – Dialogues – Intricate book cut outs – which are then photographed. www.pablolehmann.com.ar Close up of Pablo’s work. Pablo Lehmann – Ties 1 Argentinian. Professor at IUNA, Buenos Aires. www.pablolehmann.com.ar I Could Tell You, 2011, Paperback books, acrylic medium, 7” x 95” x 3″ Image Courtesy of the Artist and Packer Schopf. briandettmer.com Close up of similar to above. By Brian Dettmer, briandettmer.com Brian Dettmer – briandettmer.com Formerly of Chicago, now living in Atlanta. Brian Dettmer – briandettmer.com “I begin with an existing book and seal its edges, creating an enclosed vessel full of unearthed potential. I cut into the surface of the book and dissect through it from the front. I work with knives, tweezers and other surgical tools to carve one page at a time, exposing each page while cutting around ideas and images of interest. Nothing inside the books is relocated or implanted, only removed. Images and ideas are revealed to expose a book’s hidden, fragmented memory. The completed pieces expose new relationships of a book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.” Brian Dettmer – briandettmer.com Brian Dettmer – close up. briandettmer.com Brian Dettmer – close up of door below. briandettmer.com Emergency Exit Paperback books with acrylic varnish, 2012. by Brian Dettmer briandettmer.com Brian Dettmer www.briandettmer.com See the excellent video interview with the artist below… Censored Book, 1974. Book tied in rope, nailed, gessoed and painted. By Barton Benes. centerforbookarts.org Biblios Guy Laramee: www.guylaramee.com Grand Larousse (2010) Guy Laramee: www.guylaramee.com Historia das americas (2009) Guy Laramee: www.guylaramee.com Jorinde and Jorindel, 2010 by Su Blackwell. sublackwell.co.uk Book Sculpture, Drowning from Obsession By Thomas Wightman, www.thomaswightman.co.uk Book Sculpture, Derailing my train of Thought By Thomas Wightman, thomaswightman.co.uk Book Sculpture Derailing my train of Thought, 2013. By Thomas Wightman, thomaswightman.co.uk An altered book or “book excavation” Skulduggery by James Allen. “I opened this tome of DC Comics somewhere in the middle, laid it flat, and cut down through the pages of both the front and back covers. Through the right panel we see the distant past and as the pages go deeper we see more and more recent images. While the left panel shows the most recent images and the deeper pages reveal images from further in the past. In this way the pages of the book show a condensed history of all the 75 years of DC Comics all in one vignette.” 23sandy.com Herder 9 by Alexander Korzer-Robinson cut encyclopedia, 1930, 25 x 17 x 6cm. White space and words cut away, “an encyclopedia can become a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience. These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose.” alexanderkorzerrobinson.co.uk Rune Guneriussen – Norway It´s common knowledge, 2009, edition of 5+1, 187cmx150cm, c-print www.runeguneriussen.no Maurizio Cattelan Oh Mariana, Mariana, Mariana www.nymag.com Robert The ‘Reader’s Digest’ Cake frosted with wax, 1998. www.blogs.walkerart.org Walker Art Center Library’s collection. Robeert The Britannaca Book Broom www.beautifullife.info Robert The ‘Poetic Justice’ www.bookgun.com White Undulation by Amy Genser Rolled paper. www.amygenser.com Nick Georgiou Bon Papier. www.myhumancomputer.blogspot.com Nick Georgiou The Happy Shaman www.myhumancomputer.blogspot.com Nick Georgiou The Meeting (in Nick’s Studio) of newspaper people. www.myhumancomputer.blogspot.com Nick Georgiou Of Queens, NY – currently living in Tucson, AZ Nick says his art is inspired by the death of the printed word. www.myhumancomputer.blogspot.com The Librarian, 1960, George Herms. Wooden box, papers, books, loving cup, and painted stool. 57 x 63 x 21 in. Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Molly Barnes. © George Herms. blogs.getty.edu Jacqueline Rush Lee ‘Stack’ 50″ high, from the Volume series created in 2000. The books are wet, dried, then screwed together into organic and geometric forms. www.jacquelinerushlee.com Jacqueline Rush Lee Slice Trio, from the Volumes series 2001, created in 2000. www.jacquelinerushlee.com Alicia Martin Spanish – Galleria Galica, Italy. www.galica.it Alicia Martin Spanish. www.blipoint.com Mike Stilkey Of Los Angeles. Source. www.mikestilkey.com Mike Stilkey Of Los Angeles. mikestilkey.com Mike Stilkey The Pipe 2009, ink, colored pencil and lacquer on vintage book pages, 33×24 inches www.mikestilkey.com Alex Queral Carves faces into phonebooks. Born in Cuba, received an M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. His works have been exhibited in Canada, England, Mexico and throughout the U.S.. www.projectsgallery.com Yuken Teruya Based in New York, the artist constructs intricate paper cuttings with various materials such as toilet paper rolls and paper shopping bags. His ideas often reflect the life and history of Okinawa, his homeland. www.yukenteruyastudio.com Book Vases by Laura Cahill Laura uses a band saw – then inserts glass tubes inside for the water. She says “I discovered that the glue in old books make them extremely difficult to recycle.” Via www.dezeen.com Waldo Lee, aka WALEE – digital artist/photographer – plays some photoshop games. www.behance.net Book Bow Tie. Bind some pages in the centre with a piece of leather or fabric. via: no-aesthetic.tumblr.com Origami Books Just unfold and read! By Isaac Salazar www.flickr.com/photos/bookofart Brian Dettmer TED Video – worth a watch! Long-Bin Chen College of Charleston — 2013 Spoleto Festival USA. Excellent video of sanding and nailing books here: youtube.com BookLovers – check out this amazing site: bookshelfporn.com See more Previous article Underground Greenhouse Next article Food Companies Fighting GMO Labeling Written by Keiren Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building. 29 Comments Leave a Reply Thanks for nice photos, really enjoyed. Appreciate your concept, taste and pretty collections. Reply Thanks for gathering these images. Beautiful work, great concept. Would love to attend an exhibit of works such as these. Reply Very creative. Fascinating. Fourth dimensional craft. Love it all! Reply HEY JUST A BIG SHOUT OUT TO SAY, I LOVE WHAT YOU DID WITH YOUR INSPIRATION! THANK YOU FOR SHARING! <3 DS Reply interesting! At first, I was shocked to see that many books going, but $ stores are packed with them and trash cans too throughout America and the world. Inspiring to see what free time can achieve with lots of lost knowledge Reply Amazing – so creative – I started the page by thinking this is more installation work and not practical but ended up thinking ‘what fun’! I wish I was so clever! Reply WOW! Anything i can readily think of to say bout this sounds so trite when I read what I have written! Your creativity is amazing. T have thought of all the various ways in which you’ve used these books is mind-boggling! Your art works are truly inspiring and thought-provoking. I think I’LL START OUT WITH A COFFEE TABLE! Reply Living in a family of librarians I was told that a book should never be thrown away. But what do you do with a book that has done its time? This is inspiring and amazing a great use for old, but as we seen here, never useless books. Books in themselves are beautiful objects regarless of what is written inside and this just utilizes their form to the next level. Thanks for this compilation of beautiful book art. Reply I’m completely awed…They’re all magnificent. Reply What a great gallery of book art. I love it! The images kept getting more and more intriguing. Thanks for putting this together. Book love at its best! Reply Thomas Allen’s ‘Paper Cuts’ https://thomasallenonline.com/ Reply While Martej Kren’s work is very impressive, the carved head is infact Wim Botha’s – a South African artist: https://www.michaelstevenson.com/contemporary/exhibitions/botha/index2009.htm Check it out. Reply wow, this adds a whole new twist to my library. I’m so impressed! Reply these creations are example of extreme artistic passion Just superb. sell used textbooks Reply I always wonder what to do with the books we can’t use at the Friends of the Library sorting garage. Now I only have may imagaination to limit me. Reply What a glorious site! Thanks Reply Thank you for showcasing my work. I always appreciate it when bloggers take the time to peruse artworks and post inspirational works. I’d like to add that the works that you posted above are from my VOLUMES series from 2001, originally created in 2000. These are books that were wet, dried, then screwed together into organic and geometric forms. As in most of my work the colored edges from the inks are showcased, concepts and techniques that continue into my works of today. I thought I’d point out the dates as I think it’s important to include them with the work as it gives the viewer the perspective of a timeline of who created what, when and why. Thanks! Jacqueline (Rush Lee) Reply I didn’t know where to find this info then kboaom it was here. Reply Wow! Exciting! Came to this by accident. Thank you for your work. Reply As an artist and collector of books I was absolutely thrilled to see so many creative book ideas together in one collection of images…the work is abosolutely wonderful and thought provoking…I am currently helping a friend organize her home and can’t wait to share some of these images with her on what we can do with all those books she dosen’t want to part with. She collects art so why not! I have seen wood piles stacked differently to identify the owner so moving from this and with your ideas we may build some of that new furniture she wants out of books….thanks for the inspriration…..at the very least I will be contacting for permission to reproduce a print one of these ideas to hang as a reminder to my fellow hoarders!!!! Reply This is possibly the best webstie ive ever come across for art. So inspirational and full of personality. When you think it cant get better it does! really enjoyed the #Art from old books. Brilliant. Reply Marvelous page of book art Reply Looking for pictures of people made out of books Reply Love it love it love it!!!! Inspirational. Reply What ingenius creations- Reply out of this world — +then some! Man’s ever-expanding creativity dazzles+inspires!!! Reply Thanks–this video is just great! Reply Tengo un proyecto relacionado con el aprovechamiento de libros como base de obras artísticas, creando una empresa de economía social, capaz de dar puestos de trabajo a jóvenes artistas, sin interés material por mi parte. Agradeceré cuanta información puedan darme quienes tengan experiencia en estas técnicas, admitiendo su posible colaboración en el proyecto. Gracias y un cordial saludo. Reply What an amazing collection of images and artists! I’m so glad I stumbled on this post, thanks for putting this inspiring collection together. I have a contribution too – check out artist Rachel Colwell and her art of erasure using old and discarded books! https://oakland.figmentproject.org/the_art_of_subtraction_artist_rachel_colwell_on_the_meaning_of_erasure Reply 2 Pings & Trackbacks Pingback:Art and Books | lainif Pingback:First Definition… – Art and Books Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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