David Bjoerling Jensen

Tag: artist books

Crystallized Codices

Whoa!  Check this out!  These books were recently  found in a crevasse deep in a cave in the hill country of central Texas.  It seems a long-forgotten explorer had left them behind ages ago, only to let the unstoppable forces of nature work their mineralogical magic…and now they’re covered in crystals!

Nah, jk.  (But wouldn’t that be enchanting?)  Ever wonder how to re-purpose and old phone book or an obsolete text book?  Well San Francisco-based installation artist/sculptor Alexis Arnold has come up with one clever way.  Grow crystals on them and create an amusing new addition to the world of book arts.  No, you can’t read them.  But they’re interesting to look at, aren’t they?  It reminds me of something done with those chemistry sets that nerdy 9-year-old kids love to play with, except much more artistically executed, with a great idea for a substrate.

A body of her other work, CV, and links can be found on her website at: http://www.alexisarnold.com/.

Book Carvings

To my way of thinking, the hallmark of any good piece of artwork is whether or not one is left with an awe-inspired sense of “what the…?”  In other words, the criteria upon which I judge quality art–like the piece or not–are based upon whether I’m left pondering a) how on God’s green earth did this person dream this concept up, and b) what in the hootenanny hell did they do to create it?

In the case of artist Guy Laramée and his brilliantly conceived landscape carvings FROM BOOKS, he has done just that.  I highly encourage anyone as intrigued by this uniquely novel (no pun intended) form of artistic expression to read the artist’s statement, which may glean some insight into criterion “a” above.  As for criterion “b” I’m left musing that the creation of these works entail some ingenious craftiness with digital imaging technologies and a CNC laser cutting machine.  In any case, what the…?!?!

El amor por las montañas nos curara. Carved Litré dictionary, inks. 43 x 14 x 27 (h) cm (15 x7 x11 inches). 2012

Visit the homepage of Guy Laramée for many more images, recent and past projects, biography, CV, etc.