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Matthew Picton is a UK-based artist who uses strips of paper from both historic and fictional texts to assemble maps from around the world.
Maskull Lasserre is a Canadian-born sculpture artist who has taken these old software manuals and carved into them super realistic human skull.
Guy Laramee is back with some new book sculptures that continue to become more and more impressive. If you aren’t familiar with Laramee’s work, his art reflects that of recent experiences. These books in particular are a culmination of past events that were very deep in his heart and has become a dedication to the mysterious forces thanks to which we can traverse these ordeals.
I had the recent pleasure to see some of his work up close, particularly the one shown above which reflects the devastating tsunami that struck Japan, and I have to say it is even more captivating in person. If you happen to be in New York City, please be sure to stop by the Christopher Henry Gallery to see A Cut Above: 12 Paper Masters Exhibition. It is completely stunning!
Texas based photographer Cara Barer puts a new meaning in book art through her colorful sculptures out of discarded phone books, computer manuals, maps and the like that she transforms and then photographs. Her inspiration stems from a random encounter where she discovered a rain-soaked Yellow Pages. From there she began her practice and dove into the search for books as well alternate methods of manipulating their appearance.
Upon first seeing the work of Alaska-based multi-disciplinary artist Nicholas Galanin, you might suspect that they are not real. These pieces however are in fact very real carvings into books, most of them containing anywhere from 1000 to 2000 pages, perfectly sculpted or made into impressions of portraits.
“So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.” — Guy Laramee
With the use of something as simple as a phonebook, Alex Queral carves faces into them giving an astounding realism and making each face pop off the page and come to life. Alex Queral was born in Havana, Cuba, but currently is Philadelphia-based artist. It’s almost impossible to fathom the amount of work that is placed into carving something so detailed. By using the phonebook, a very sharp X-ACTO® knife, a little pot of acrylic medium to set detail areas and a great deal of talent, Queral literally peels away the pages to reveal the portrait within….