The Lost Books

Posted in Art by akacocolopez on June 10, 2009

Artists Kyle Bean and Rob Matthews recently blogged so much about books remind me of how modern technology continually reworks the human experience and transportation of knowledge. These works are also great examples of artists working with the book as a sculptural object.

Kyle Bean

Rob Matthews

Rob Matthews

One of my favorite books from an artist is Ed Ruscha’s, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, 1961. The idea works perfectly for the format.

There’s also On Kawara’s, One Million Years, in which participants read a long list of dates beginning in 998,031 BC. This piece transcends the book as only an object by placing it into the context of an installation with the human figure and voice giving life to the pages. It seems that the format of the book is open to be reworked by artists in a way that literary writers often ignore.

My favorite “picture book” of course is Breakfast of Champions.


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  1. Caught My Eye — Hrag Vartanian said, on June 12, 2009 at 4:03 am

    […] AkaCocoLopez – The Lost Books (photos) A reflection on the evolving technology of the book as interpreted by artists. […]

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