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Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramée

June 12, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Artist Guy Laramee (previously) has recently completed a number of new sculptural works where he transforms thick tomes into incredible topographical features including mountains, caves, volcanoes, and even water. Many of the works are part of a new project titled Guan Yin, a series of work dedicated to the forces that enable individuals to endure grief and pain, or in his words “the mysterious forces thanks to which we can traverse ordeals.” If you happen to be near Quebec, a number of Laramee’s works are currently on view at Expression gallery in Saint-Hyacinthe through August 12.

Update: You can also see a number of works by Laramée at Foster/White Gallery in Seattle.

 

 



Art Design

An Outdoor Library in Ghent by Massimo Bartolini

June 3, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I personally haven’t visited a library in longer than I care to say, but if I happened upon this public outdoor library installed in the middle of a Belgian vineyard I would be tempted to grab a cork screw and picnic blanket to make a day of it. The outdoor library entitled Bookyard was built by Italian artist Massimo Bartolini for the Belgian art festival TRACK: A Contemporary City Conversation in Ghent. Visitors are invited to peruse the stacks and are free to take any book they find for a small donation at a designated box. Hopefully they empty the shelves before it rains. (via designboom)

 

 



Art

Stacked Book Sculptures by Jonathan Callan

June 1, 2012

Christopher Jobson

British artist Jonathan Callan creates impressive organic figures using books that are curled, wrapped, and folded together using screws. My eyes get lost in the shapes formed by the layered pages, I would love to see one of these up close. (via haynay, brian mac domhnaill).

 

 



Illustration

Cut Book Illustrations by Thomas Allen

April 16, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I’ve been wanting to post the work of Michigan-based book artist Thomas Allen for well over a year and was thrilled to see some recently posted works. Allen creates vivid illustrations using figures cut and folded from old books. If you haven’t seen some of his earlier pieces made from vintage pulp fiction novels, head on over to Foley Gallery for a real treat. (via super punch)

 

 



Art

Book Igloo

April 11, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Home is a recent sculptural installation by Colombian artist Miler Lagos. The piece was constructed at MagnanMetz Gallery late last year using carefully stacked books to create a compact dome that is entirely self-supporting. (via chris moore, thanks megan)

 

 



Design

Clever Bookends by Knob Creek Metal Arts

April 6, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Knob Creek Metal Arts has a really great collection of bookends for sale over on Etsy, the visuals are just fantastic. (via lustik)

Sorry for the somewhat sporadic posting lately folks, things have been a bit more hectic than usual lately. Posting should be a bit more frequent starting very soon!