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Re: [BKARTS] (anti)book artists

Andrew, I have an altered book currently on exhibition in 'Effects of War: Altered Lives, Altered Books' at the CIIS, San Francisco, April 2 - May 31, 2007.
Helen Malone
Brisbane, Australia

----- Original Message ----- From: "Andrew Williams" <pickafightbooks@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Subject: 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:

  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?

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