A book can be a beautiful form of communication.
Whether they’re imparting a message, telling a story or showing an artwork, paper pages are valuable vessels for art.
But a current exhibition at South Carolina’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art showcases books as artworks themselves.
Rebound: Dissections and Excavations in Book Art features the work of five international mixed-media artists transform literature and printed books through “sculptural intervention.”
On the Halsey website, their work is described:
“The fascinating range of examples, as diverse as books themselves, offers eloquent proof that—despite or because of the advance of digital media for sources of information—the book’s legacy as a carrier of ideas and communication is being expanded today.”
Thanks to e-books and online news, the relevance of printed media is evolving. No longer just a form of communication, books are now often specialty objects, keepsakes or treasures.
Different artists have addressed the ever-evolving status of books as technology in different ways:
“Some, like Long-Bin Chen and Guy Laramée, directly address the parallels between the disappearance of natural spaces and books as an outdated mode of expression; as a result, they carve landscapes from the pages and bindings. Deep crevasses, hidden caves, and awe-inspiring phenomena and landscapes emerge from chiseled pages. Alternately, some artists, like Doug Beube, Francesca Pastine, and Brian Dettmer, seek to find a place for books in the future, by digitizing or technologizing them.”