Many old books simply get thrown out—even by libraries. Artists have found a better second life for unwanted books.
Jonathan Callanof London – The Defrauder.
Jonathan Callenuses large screws to hold the books together.
Originally found at “https://www.artnet.com/galleries/kudlek-van-der-grinten-galerie/”
“No important books have been injured during the making of any of these photographs.”
Whirligig 2006, 36” x 36” “I realized I owned many books that were no longer of use to me, or for that matter, anyone else. Would I ever need “Windows 95?” After soaking it in the bathtub for a few hours, it had a new shape and purpose.”www.carabarer.com
Psigologica biologica, (2012) by
Book art byEkaterina Panikanova, born in St. Petersburg in 1975, lives and works in Rome and St. Petersburg.www.ekaterinapanikanova.com
Book art byEkaterina Panikanova.
Book Cell, Centro de Arte Moderna – Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2006. The artist has done numerous such book installations.www.matejkren.cz/en
Inside of above Book Cell.
The artist currently lives and works in Prague.
Photo by Ferran Moreno Lanza,www.flickr.com
Asheville, North Carolina. Uses found books that have mangled spines and covers but good quality paper, and he uses that paper in his work. Often, as in this work, he uses old Bibles with exceptionally thin paper, which has a nice drape and flow. This work is a single structure that can be hung on the wall.danielessig.com
Book art by an anynomous artist found in Edinburgh. From March to November of 2011, ten small book sculptures with tags saying “In support of libraries, books, words, and ideas” were found in various book-friendly locations in Scotland.
Book art by an anynomous artist found in Edinburgh. From March to November of 2011, ten small book sculptures with tags saying “In support of libraries, books, words, and ideas” were found in various book-friendly locations in Scotland.schoollibrarybeyondsurvival.wordpress.com
Buddha carved from books.
Image courtesy of the artist / Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.
Long-Bin Chen (Taiwanese, b.1964)halsey.cofc.edu
By Long-Bin Chen (Taiwanese, b.1964)
Originally found at artnet.com
Book carvings from the culture warrior series.
Long-Bin Chen (Taiwanese, b.1964)
Book sculpture from the icon series.
Long-Bin Chen (Taiwanese, b.1964)
Born in 1974, graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1996, and currently lives in Cape Town. Pic source Dealer:stevenson.info
Pablo Lehmann– Dialogues – Intricate book cut outs – which are then photographed.
Close up of Pablo’s work.
Pablo Lehmann– Ties 1
Argentinian. Professor at IUNA, Buenos Aires.
I Could Tell You,
2011, Paperback books, acrylic medium, 7” x 95” x 3″
Image Courtesy of the Artist and Packer Schopf.
By Brian Dettmer,briandettmer.com
Brian Dettmer –briandettmer.com
Formerly of Chicago, now living in Atlanta.
“I begin with an existing book and seal its edges, creating an enclosed vessel full of unearthed potential. I cut into the surface of the book and dissect through it from the front. I work with knives, tweezers and other surgical tools to carve one page at a time, exposing each page while cutting around ideas and images of interest. Nothing inside the books is relocated or implanted, only removed. Images and ideas are revealed to expose a book’s hidden, fragmented memory. The completed pieces expose new relationships of a book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.”
Brian Dettmer– close up.
Brian Dettmer– close up of door below.
Paperback books with acrylic varnish, 2012.
by Brian Dettmerbriandettmer.com
See the excellent video interview with the artist below…
Censored Book, 1974.
Book tied in rope, nailed, gessoed and painted.
By Barton Benes.centerforbookarts.org
Grand Larousse (2010)
Historia das americas (2009)
Jorinde and Jorindel, 2010
Book Sculpture,Drowning from Obsession
By Thomas Wightman,www.thomaswightman.co.uk
Book Sculpture,Derailing my train of Thought
By Thomas Wightman,thomaswightman.co.uk
Book SculptureDerailing my train of Thought,2013.
By Thomas Wightman,thomaswightman.co.uk
An altered book or “book excavation” Skulduggery by James Allen.
“I opened this tome of DC Comics somewhere in the middle, laid it flat, and cut down through the pages of both the front and back covers. Through the right panel we see the distant past and as the pages go deeper we see more and more recent images. While the left panel shows the most recent images and the deeper pages reveal images from further in the past. In this way the pages of the book show a condensed history of all the 75 years of DC Comics all in one vignette.”23sandy.com
Herder 9 by Alexander Korzer-Robinson
cut encyclopedia, 1930, 25 x 17 x 6cm.
White space and words cut away, “an encyclopedia can become a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience. These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose.”alexanderkorzerrobinson.co.uk
Rune Guneriussen– Norway
It´s common knowledge, 2009, edition of 5+1, 187cmx150cm, c-print
Oh Mariana, Mariana, Mariana
www.blogs.walkerart.orgWalker Art Center Library’s collection.
Britannaca Book Broom
White Undulation by Amy Genser
The Happy Shaman
The Meeting(in Nick’s Studio) of newspaper people.
Of Queens, NY – currently living in Tucson, AZ
Nick says his art is inspired by the death of the printed word.
Wooden box, papers, books, loving cup, and painted stool. 57 x 63 x 21 in. Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Molly Barnes. © George Herms.blogs.getty.edu
Jacqueline Rush Lee
‘Stack’ 50″ high, from the Volume series created in 2000. The books are wet, dried, then screwed together into organic and geometric forms.
Jacqueline Rush Lee
Slice Trio, from the Volumes series 2001, created in 2000.
Spanish – Galleria Galica, Italy.
Of Los Angeles. Source.www.mikestilkey.com
Of Los Angeles.
Mike Stilkey The Pipe
2009, ink, colored pencil and lacquer on vintage book pages, 33×24 inches
Carves faces into phonebooks.
Based in New York, the artist constructs intricate paper cuttings with various materials such as toilet paper rolls and paper shopping bags. His ideas often reflect the life and history of Okinawa, his homeland.
Book Vasesby Laura Cahill
Laura uses a band saw – then inserts glass tubes inside for the water. She says “I discovered that the glue in old books make them extremely difficult to recycle.”
Waldo Lee, aka WALEE – digital artist/photographer – plays some photoshop games.www.behance.net
Book Bow Tie. Bind some pages in the centre with a piece of leather or fabric. via:no-aesthetic.tumblr.com
展开阅读吧!By Isaac Salazarwww.flickr.com/photos/bookofart
TED Video – worth a watch!
College of Charleston — 2013 Spoleto Festival USA.
Excellent video of sanding and nailing books here:youtube.com
BookLovers– check out this amazing site:bookshelfporn.com
Thanks for nice photos, really enjoyed. Appreciate your concept, taste and pretty collections.
Very creative. Fascinating. Fourth dimensional craft. Love it all!
HEY JUST A BIG SHOUT OUT TO SAY, I LOVE WHAT YOU DID WITH YOUR INSPIRATION! THANK YOU FOR SHARING! <3 DS
interesting! At first, I was shocked to see that many books going, but $ stores are packed with them and trash cans too throughout America and the world. Inspiring to see what free time can achieve with lots of lost knowledge
Amazing – so creative – I started the page by thinking this is more installation work and not practical but ended up thinking ‘what fun’! I wish I was so clever!
I think I’LL START OUT WITH A COFFEE TABLE!
Choi to the Worldsays
Living in a family of librarians I was told that a book should never be thrown away. But what do you do with a book that has done its time? This is inspiring and amazing a great use for old, but as we seen here, never useless books. Books in themselves are beautiful objects regarless of what is written inside and this just utilizes their form to the next level. Thanks for this compilation of beautiful book art.
I’m completely awed…They’re all magnificent.
What a great gallery of book art. I love it! The images kept getting more and more intriguing.
Thanks for putting this together. Book love at its best!
Thomas Allen’s ‘Paper Cuts’
While Martej Kren’s work is very impressive, the carved head is infact Wim Botha’s – a South African artist:
Check it out.
wow, this adds a whole new twist to my library. I’m so impressed!
these creations are example of extreme artistic passion
sell used textbooks
I always wonder what to do with the books we can’t use at the Friends of the Library sorting garage. Now I only have may imagaination to limit me.
Amanda J Wellssays
What a glorious site! Thanks
Jacqueline Rush Leesays
Thank you for showcasing my work. I always appreciate it when bloggers take the time to peruse artworks and post inspirational works. I’d like to add that the works that you posted above are from my VOLUMES series from 2001, originally created in 2000. These are books that were wet, dried, then screwed together into organic and geometric forms. As in most of my work the colored edges from the inks are showcased, concepts and techniques that continue into my works of today. I thought I’d point out the dates as I think it’s important to include them with the work as it gives the viewer the perspective of a timeline of who created what, when and why. Thanks! Jacqueline (Rush Lee)
I didn’t know where to find this info then kboaom it was here.
Wow! Exciting! Came to this by accident. Thank you for your work.
Marvelous page of book art
Looking for pictures of people made out of books
Love it love it love it!!!! Inspirational.
What ingenius creations-
out of this world — +then some!
Man’s ever-expanding creativity dazzles+inspires!!!
Thanks–this video is just great!
Jesús Lafont Mateosays
Tengo un proyecto relacionado con el aprovechamiento de libros como base de obras artísticas, creando una empresa de economía social, capaz de dar puestos de trabajo a jóvenes artistas, sin interés material por mi parte.
Agradeceré cuanta información puedan darme quienes tengan experiencia en estas técnicas, admitiendo su posible colaboración en el proyecto. Gracias y un cordial saludo.
I have a contribution too – check out artist Rachel Colwell and her art of erasure using old and discarded books!