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Re: [BKARTS] BOOK_ARTS-L Digest - 6 Feb 2007 to 7 Feb 2007 (#2007-38)

Dear Signa,

I believe (realio trulio) that not all art be ethically required to attain longevity.
It is but one attribute. Speaking only for myself, I can say the ethics of it is the
least of my concerns. Whether my works are around after I die is however
another matter! I'd like to think that it will. And though I've made out my last will
and testament to designate to designate the library for the remainder
of own collection, I have no doubt that my doing so has other motivations
than what you are addressing.

I am an artist making what I am compelled to make. It is what I do.
The best that and most honest thing I can say of it is that I am grateful
for the reality of it making me!

I invite you, SIgna, and 'the rest of you' to visit my web sites to
perhaps further acquaint yourselves with this work that makes

Norman Shapiro


phone: 1-212-243-3370

Date:    Wed, 7 Feb 2007 12:36:45 -0800
From:    Signa Houghteling <judy@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: BOOK_ARTS-L Digest - 5 Feb 2007 to 6 Feb 2007 (#2007-37)

Dear Norman and all the rest of you,

If you sell your 'ART' and it self-destructs, or fades or ruins itself in
any way, are you going to refund the money you earned? Would you put a time
limit on the sel-destruction; after one year, 1/2 refund, etc. I would
think you should. Think about architecture. The artistic vision is very
important, but it has to stand up, be waterproof and the plumbing and
electrical system must work too.


-----Original Message-----
From: Book_Arts-L [mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Lee
Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 10:07 AM
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: BOOK_ARTS-L Digest - 5 Feb 2007 to 6 Feb 2007 (#2007-37)

Dear Norman,

I'd rather choose making it art than 'ARCHIVAL' Have you noted my
comments ant BOOK_ART on this issue? I'm saying that the talk of
and recipes is too predominating. The "Emperor has no clothes'. It
all to do with artists making art. Book art is nothing without the
books being to begin with saying something, expressing something of
lasting and universal relevance. The craftsy stuff is nothing
it being expressive of something beyond 'preservation'.

I do agree that "Book art" should be half about the "art", but I
consider the physical construction of the book to be an important half
of the idea of "book-art".
I am very biased on this issue, I will freely admit. It stems from my
training, for good or ill. Beyond conservation, when I studied sculpture
the professor always told us to be aware of every aspect of the
materials we used and to make sure those materials reflected the meaning
of the piece. Using 'un-archival' materials is valid - if they are there
for a reason and support what I am doing. They shouldn't be there by
default because I couldn't be bothered to find out what I am working

In the spirit of amiable disagreement,


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