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Re: [BKARTS] bookarts

I have been reading the thread with interest, but I was surprised that
no one mentioned the obvious.  A large part of what we now consider
"art" or "craft" is basically obsolete technology.  This is true whether
we are making a hand-hammered copper vessel, a platinum print, an oil
painting, or a coptic codex.  Some portion of the artistic choice of
people living in an industrial world is to elevate the value of
hand-crafted items.  I guess it really goes back to William Morris and
the Arts and Crafts Movement.  


On the other side, we have the post-DADA use of manufactured goods, aka
readymades, from Marcel DuChamp to Jeff Koons.  Then there is the use of
modern industry in the service of art (Donald Judd, for example).


There is definitely one "school" which celebrates the use of hand tools
and the "hand" of the artist, yet the other "school" celebrates only the
ideas of the artist (who may be seen as an architect or industrial
designer, because he or she doesn't participate in the manufacturing
side  of the project). When Peter Verheyen said "blech," we could tell
which side he favored.


Valinda Carroll

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