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Re: [BKARTS] (anti)book artists

a williams at Pickafight Books.

I work primarily altering books, though unlike many altered book artists, I more often than not bind the books myself to alter. I rarely use a pre-existing book unless it has a particular relevance to the work, or the title is nice. Like a work of mine called "Preservation" - which is a book entitled "Preservation", which has been bottled in ethanol with the aid of musuem staff at Sydney University - The work was made to discuss the problems of conservation and the practice of archiving books - which is a double edged sword (as was thoroughly discussed a few months back on this listing.).

Other Australian artists i know of based in Melbourne who work in the Altered Book genre are Katherine Hattam, Nicholas Jones and Kylie Stillman. They recently gave a talk at NLA show "How I entered there I truly cannot say".

I'd love for any altered book artists out there to get in touch with me.


Andrew Williams
Pickafight Books

> edward van Vliet <etechne@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> just found an interesting site by a photographer who alters books by 
> soaking them in tubs and photographing the alterations: 
> http://www.carabarer.com/index.php.
>   this stirred the question: what other book artists make destroying or 
> almost destroying books their primary mode of book art? i immediately 
> think of john latham and dieter rot. but there are obviously many more 
> (and i'm drawing a blank). any suggestions?
> In essentials, unity. In nonessentials, liberty. In all things, charity. 
> - Augustine
> [When looking at art,] we must use our eyes. We must look, and go on 
> looking till we have certainly seen exactly what is there. We sit down 
> before the picture in order to have something done to us, not that we 
> may do things with it. The first demand any work of any art makes upon 
> us is surrender. Look. Listen. Receive. Get yourself out of the way. 
> (There is no good asking first whether the work before you deserves such 
> a surrender, for until you have surrendered you cannot possibly find 
> out.) ? C.S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism

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