I have previously highlighted the talents of Peter Callesen, Su Blackwell and numerous other paper artists here in this blog, so in honour of my new paper category here are a few more such artists to admire.
Yuken Teruya >> a New York based artist who augments everyday objects to create works that reflect life and history of his homeland Okinawa. Who would have thought that toilet rolls could look so appealing – bog standard they’re not! I also particularly like the Green Economy project.
Alexander Korzer-Robinson >> From Berlin to Bristol (now there is a journey!) and using his background in psychology to develop themes based on “inner landscapes”, Korzer-Robinson’s technique is to work through books and highlighting illustrations and removing others, cleverly leaving them in their rightful place within the page depth of the original book. Don’t you think the Meyer series has some great colours and titles?
Brian Dettmer >> Chicago born Dettmer, now based in Atlanta is regularly highlighted by bloggers across the world as one of the foremost book sculptors and seeing his work you can see why. I think my preference is for his earlier work (especially the altered maps) but most of his pieces would find a place in my collection (currently being assembled in my head) and his more recent work certainly have intricate details.
Nicholas Jones >> A straight talking aussie who says about his work: “these books were conceived, born, loved, stored, discarded, found anew, studied, cut, folded and reborn”. Pretty much sums up the art of book sculpting! Far from my favourite, but still worthy of mention.
Boukje Voet >> Still at school in 2009 but I think that one can garner a couple of things from the work she did while at The School of Fine Art and Design at Avans University of Applied Science in Breda, The Netherlands: 1) Boukje knows her stuff, 2) She should have a great future too, and 3) Dutch is a curious language!
Paul Octavious >> Such a great name! Another American but with a slightly different take on book sculptures – Octavious uses books to create typographical sculptures – literally! Simple? Yes, but appealing none the less!
Cara Barer >> All American Girl Cara found her inspiration in a rain soaked Yellow Pages in her home town of Houston, Texas. Although very much a book sculptor, her art is finally captured in her exquisite photographs.
Although sometimes soaking her materials for hours in various liquid to achieve the desired affect she is adamant that “no important books have been injured during the making of her photographs”… phew!
Chisato Tamabayashi >> A native Londoner, Chisato loves making playful creations with a youthful aesthetic… however it’s his intricate lace pattern of Shadows Interlacing [no deep link available] that I find most inspirational and it was Hide & Seek at V&A that first drew my attention.
Georgia Russell >> A fair maiden of my homeland, Georgia has chosen an interestingly named gallery to represent her… but none the less her impressive range of work covers all sorts of subject matter from maps, portraits, landscapes and of course complex book cuts. No question that I’ll be visiting her next exhibition, maybe I’ll see you there?
So to end in the words of Kubla Khan: “Let every bookworm, when in any fragrant, scarce, old tome he discovers a sentence, a story, an illustration, that does his heart good, hasten to give it”