Tag Archives: books

Books, Magazines and Computer Manuals Turned Into Crystallized Sculptures by Alexis Arnold

Alls+Well+That+ENds+Well+on+white+2

“All’s Well That Ends Well” (2014)

World+Book+Close-up

“All’s Well That Ends Well” detail (2014)

To Kill A Mockingbird

“To Kill A Mockingbird” (2014)

Touching+Time+And+Space_A+Portrait+Of+David+Ireland+2_alt

“Touching Time And Space: A Portrait Of David Ireland” (2014)

linuxworksample4

“Linux: The Complete Manual” (2013)

natgeoworksample5

“National Geographic Magazines” (2013)

phonebook+detail

“National Geographic Magazines” detail (2013)

phonebook2

“San Francisco Phone Book” (2013)

Photoshop+Manual+on+white+3

“Photoshop Manual” (2014)

It’s become a fairly common sight: boxes of discarded books, abandoned on the sidewalk. As the onset of digital publishing brings reading material to handheld devices, physical books have become less important. Struck by scenes of shuttered bookstores and books rendered as garbage, San Francisco-based artist Alexis Arnold embarked on her Crystallized Books project.

By combining borax crystals with weathered books, magazines and computer manuals Arnold grows them into wonderfully organic forms that become artifacts or geological specimens. “The books, frozen with crystal growth, have become… imbued with the history of time, use, and nostalgia,” says Arnold. In selecting books to turn into aesthetic, non-functional objects Arnold revealed that she tries to use found books. But she will sometimes purchase titles, or use books from her own library if she finds them conceptually appropriate. (via The Creators Project)

See related posts on Colossal about , .

Mushroom Book Installations by Melissa Jay Craig

book-3
Cast and hand-shaped abaca, embellished with cotton rag; each copy 14-18″H x 15″W x 16-18″D. Edition of 99.

book-1

book-2

book-4

book-5

book-6

(S)Edition is an installation of 99 books made to look like common Amanita Muscaria mushrooms by Chicago artist Melissa Jay Craig. The installation has been shown in a various configurations the last few years, and only once in its entirety at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio back in 2010. From her statement about the installation:

Fungus is an agent of change. I’m fascinated with its myriad forms, and I love to go in search of it. I can become more excited by discovering a beautiful fungal growth than by perusing artwork ‘discovered’ for us by curators in contemporary museums. When I was a child, the first time I had the intriguing feeling that the planet carried messages (texts, if you will) for those who were curious enough to look, was when I came upon a group of Amanita Muscaria, huddled together in a dark, secret space under tall pines.

You can see more views of these fungal books on her website. (via Green Chair Press)

See related posts on Colossal about , , , .

Patience: The ‘Inception’ of Artists’ Books by Randi Parkhurst

Watch as book artist and paper maker Randi Parkhurst slowly unveils her 2007 creation Patience, a meticulously organized collection of some 20+ self-contained handmade paper books. It really pays off to not skip ahead and watch as each inconceivably smaller box is revealed. This must have taken months and months to make. (via Colossal Submissions).

See related posts on Colossal about .

Twilights: New Ink Paintings on Vintage Books by Ekaterina Panikanova

books-1
Celestial phenomena, 2014, books, wood, nails, ink, acrylic, cm210x260.

books-2
Impersonal verbs, 2014, books, wood, nails, ink, acrylic, cm 130×110; In my garden flowered a rose, 2014, books, nails, wood, inks, acrylic, cm 210×150.

books-3
Box n°86, 2014. Books, inks, wood panel, nails, ink, acrylic, cm 76,5×55.

books-4
Untitled, 2014. Old and vintage books, inks, nails on wood panel, cm 200×143.

books-5
Pars particularis, 2014, books, wood, nails, ink, acrylic, cm 140×120; Aux sages-femmes, 2014, books, wood, nails, ink, acrylic, cm 130×110.

books-6
Errata Corrige #2234, 2013. Vintage book, inks, nails on wood panel; cm 130×110. Private Collection.

Artist Ekaterina Panikanova (previously) recently opened her third solo show at Sara Zarin Gallery in Rome featurning a number of ink and acrylic paintings on grids of vintage books. Reflecting the age of the books, Panikanova creates imagery suggesting aspects of memory or old snapshots commingled with illustrations of birds, antlers, baked goods, and lace. To compliment the installations she also created a number of glass and lead pieces you can see here. The exhibition, titled Crepuscoli (Twilights), runs through February 7th.

See related posts on Colossal about , , , .

New 360° Laser-Cut Paper Story Books by Yusuke Oono

oono-4

oono-5

oono-6

oono-7

oono-1

oono-2

oono-3

oono-8

oono-9

oono-10

Japanese graphic designer and architect Yusuke Oono (previously) released a trio of new laser-cut storybooks including depictions of ‘Jack in the Beanstalk’ and Mount Fuji. The books are comprised 40 images bound into a book that can be fanned out at 360° creating a narrative that can be explored from multiple angles. While these pieces seen here are one-off creations, Oono has several other folding books and lights available through Artechnica.

See related posts on Colossal about , , .

Amazing Little Flip Books Use Negative Space and Secret Compartments

flip-1

flip-2

flip-1

These fun little flip books made in Japan feature a number of unexpected designs that make use of negative space and secret “compartments” that are gradually revealed as you flip through the books. There are several books in the series published by Mou Hitotsu no Kenkyujo and you can pick them up on Amazon. Here’s the bug one. (via Travelry)

Update: Flipbooks are now available in the Colossal Shop.

See related posts on Colossal about , .

The Ingenuity and Beauty of Creative Parchment Repair in Medieval Books

book-1
Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek, Msc.Nat.1 (9th century)

book-2
Books repaired with silk thread. Uppsala, University Library, Shelfmark unknown (14th century)

book-4
Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek, Msc.Patr.41, fol. 69r.

book-3
Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek, Msc.Patr.41, fol. 69r. Detail.

book-5
Engelberg, Stiftsbibliothek, MS 16, 12th century

book-6
Freiburg, Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek, MS L 34, 14th century

Another day, another collection of fascinating discoveries from medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel who previously introduced the internet to his observations on the history of doodles, color theory, and rare forms of bookbinding. Kwakkel has also been investigating how bookmakers found creative solutions around damaged parchment—thin membranes of cow and sheepskin used for printing books between the fifth and thirteenth centuries before the rise of paper. Parchment was extremely delicate and costly to manufacture well, so imperfections from animal hair follicles to small tears and texture anomalies were left for the poor scribes to contend with.

After witnessing their doodling artistry, it should come as no surprise that medieval scribes had a host of ideas to work around bad parchment, from webs of silk embroidery to cheeky illustrations, the blemishes were incorporated right into the physical texts. Although a different medium, the process is uncannily similar to the ancient Japanese process of repairing broken ceramics, Kintsugi, where fractures in pots or bowls are mended with precious metal, acknowledging the history of the imperfect object instead of discarding it.

You can learn much more about Kwakkel’s parchment discoveries in his article “The Skinny on Bad Parchment,” and in these two posts on Tumblr.

Page 1 of 191234...»