The Lost Books
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.
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.