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Re: book or sculpture
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: book or sculpture
- From: Claudia Stall <cstall@MAIL.SDSU.EDU>
- Date: Mon, 9 Mar 1998 13:50:36 -0800
- Message-Id: <199803092151.NAA20592@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "Book_Arts-L: The list for all the book arts!" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
OK, my 2cents worth....If it doesn't have movement (i.e. open), it is not
really a "book". If it doesn't unroll, it is not a scroll. Etc. A single
sheet or clay tablet, a stack of papers, etc.= not a book either. Opening
may be in a variety of ways but it seems to me to be implicit in the word
"book". An artist, crafter, printer, whoever makes it, it should have the
qualities of a book to be called a book. All sorts of freedoms can be taken
from the original concept of book but it begins to adulterate the meaning.
This example, for me, would be a book look-alike. It can't function as a
book therefore, not a book. It sounds very interesting though and I would
probably call it an artistic creation looking like a book.
At 05:22 PM 03/09/1998 -0800, you wrote:
>This discuss brings to mind an art piece done by Mary Scott from Calgary,
>Alberta Canada that always intrigued me.
>She wrote a narration on several pages using a syringe filled with paint.
>With this method she created a stack of sheets measuring about 4 inches by
>5 inchs and about 1 1/2 inches thick. The stack was bound by jute, package
>style with a bow on top so that the contents could not be read, only the
>In light of this interesting discussion and various views, would this piece
>be called a artists book or a sculpture piece?
>Your imput please...?