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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Random Thoughts: Crystalized Books as ART?

Artist Alexis Arnold "created a series of crystallized books as a commentary on materiality and text," Buzzfeed reported

What do you think of this book?  Well, it is a an honest to goodness book and it's now recycled ART. For the rest of the images in this installation click on over to BuzzFeed Books and take a gander at Alexis Arnold's work.  Then click on back over here to let us know what you think of this recycled use of books.  The artist feels her work speaks about materiality, what do you think?

Arnold explains that “The Crystallized Book Series was prompted by repeatedly finding boxes of discarded books, by the onset of e-books, and by the recent disappearance of bookstores. Furthermore, I had been growing crystals on hard objects and was interested in seeing the effect of the crystal growth on malleable and absorbent objects. Conceptually, the series addresses the materiality of the book versus the text or content of the book. The crystals remove the text and transform the books into aesthetic, non-functional objects. The books, now frozen with heavy crystal growth, have become artifacts or geologic specimens imbued with the history of time, use, and nostalgia.”  BuzzFeed Books

What do you think of the art worlds use of old books?  Let us know here at The Things You Can Read!
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