I’m so excited to share these images of book artist Susan Porteous’ stunning altered book works. I discovered them a few days ago through The Rag & Bone Blog (they did a great interview with Porteous about her inspiration and techniques). You can see Porteous’ work at exhibitions (there’s a list on her website); in public collections at the Tate Britain‘s Library Collection, the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and UC San Diego’s Mandeville Special Collections Library. Or, if you’re not in the area, ogle to your heart’s content here.
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I’m so glad everyone loved the library pictures from Tuesday. When I see pictures of a beautiful library, especially if it happens to have one of those taaaaaall ladders for climbing up to top shelves, I inevitably start to dream about what it would be like to live somewhere like that, completely surrounded by books and cozy chairs for curling up in. Going with that idea of living somewhere competely surrounded by books, check out this house of books built by Italian carver Livio de Marchi. Amazing!! Everything from the tables and chairs to the bed and bookshelf looks like it has been made from books. OK, maybe not everything…the chimney looks like a giant fountain pen.
(This last one reminds me of the beginning of the Princess Bride).
He built this first House of Books in Italy in 1990, and a second in Germany in 1993, and a third in Japan in 1994. His carvings are by no means limited to books — you can even see a video on his website of him driving a floating wooden car in the canals of Venice.
For those saddened by disappearing print media, I’ve got some exciting news — Janine Vangool and Deidre Martin over at UPPERCASE Gallery in Calgary are launching a new quarterly magazine this Spring called UPPERCASE, “a magazine for the creative and curious.”
I stumbled upon UPPERCASE recently when I was hunting on the web for books about typeface (watching Helvetica had really gotten me interested!) and I found Ellen Lupton’s Thinking with Type, a Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students there.
Here’s a little bit about UPPERCASE from their website:
“We’re inquisitive: learning from other artists, illustrators, designers, photographers, filmmakers and musicians, whether they’re upstarts or icons, famous or shy, verbal or visual.
We’re inspired: enchanted by great ideas and strange inventions; by colour and pattern; things fancy and frugal; the charm of vintage in a modern life; the ridiculous and the sublime.
We’re adventurous: traveling to destinations both real and imagined, peeking into creative spaces and discovering magnificent people and memorable places.
We’re eclectic: curating souvenirs, collecting treasures and celebrating the extraordinary in the everyday.
We’re playful: delighting in visual amusements, intelligent distraction, entertaining wordplay and sweet indulgences.
We’re UPPERCASE: a magazine for the creative and curious!”
If you want to learn more about subscribing, click here.
I just recently discovered the art of Los Angeles based Mike Stilkey. I love his book sculptures and installations.
“Grey Cat Creeping”
“Man Trips and Falls in His Own Country”
“Out of Vogue”
“Man Embarrassed by Dog’s Hat Choice”
“The First Mortgage”
An excerpt from Stilkey’s recent interview with Fecal Face’s Dave Kinsey:
“you’d be amazed at how many books are thrown out. I like the idea of reusing all of these discarded items as canvases for my work. I even asked the library up the street from my house if they had any books that they were getting rid of, and they said no. When I explained to them how I use them, they gave me access to a huge dumpster in the back parking lot of the library. The dumpster was filled with thousands and thousands of books. I spent the afternoon fighting with some homeless guy over who got which book from the dumpster.”
Read the full interview on Fecal Face here.
You can purchase Stilkey’s art here.
These intricately carved books are the work of artist Brian Dettmer. Dettmer is no newbie to the art world, but his works are brand new to me and as soon as I stumbled upon them (through Kinz + Tillou Fine Art) I wanted to share them here. Some bibliophiles seem to cringe at the thought of destroying books, but I’ve always loved books and I think Dettmer’s art is fascinating and beautiful.
“Brian Dettmer sifts through stacks of antiquated books, boxes of dusty cassette tapes, and piles of obsolete maps to uncover the perfect source and subject for his conceptual explorations and sculptural dissections. Dettmer alters pre-existing materials by selectively removing and manipulating elements as a way to allow new interpretations and ideas to emerge. With the precision of a surgeon, Dettmer uses scalpels, tweezers, and other medical instruments to carve into the surface of his found objects to reveal hidden meanings.”
Core 6, 2007
The Enjoyment of Music, 2008
Some of Dettmer’s current and upcoming shows:
- “Cutters” from January 26 – June 21, 2009. Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey.
- “Cutters” from January 29 – March 14, 2009. The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College.
- “Inappropriate Covers” from February 10 – June 5, 2009. David Winton Bell Gallery, at Brown University, Providence Rhode Island.
- “Novel Ideas” from March 7 – May 31, 2009. Oakville Galleries in Oakville, Ontario.
Today’s book-inspired design is the Bookworm, a unique flexible bookshelf designed by Ron Arad and made by Kartell.
It comes in a slew of different colors (black, silver, cobalt blue, wine red, translucent, white and tea yellow) and lengths of 10.5 feet, 17.10 feet, and 26.9 feet.
You just the mold the bookshelf into whatever shape you want and then mount it on the wall. It’s strong too — each of the upright supports can bear about 20lbs. I found it at Unica Home.
So you’ve dreamed of creating your own novel/poetry book/portfolio/picture book/zine but haven’t got a clue where to start? Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book, ePrinceton Architectural Press do-it-yourself guide walks you through the bookmaking basics, demystifying the process and providing practical guidance on everything from visual design to printing to marketing.