Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Looks Like a Book

People are creative with books - and not just the authors.

I've been looking for book art, expecting to see a lot of framed illustration work, yet surprised and pleased at the variety of art I actually found.

I was also shocked by the negative reaction. Apparently some people think this type of art is disrespectful to both books and their authors. Not me!

Face it - people don't read novels often. Despite the popularity of e-readers, an extremely small percentage of the world's population has access to one.

Let's pretend for a moment that we are not reading fanatics. *gasp* If you saw a piece of art like this, would it nourish a small seed of interest within your soul? Would you be more inclined to pick up a real book? Possibly.









This is good, not bad.

What do you think?

Take a look at Off Beat Earth's post (the source of these photos) for more ideas.

15 comments:

gaylene said...

Wow! I'm glad you posted this. Those are beautiful!

Faith E. Hough said...

Holy cow, those are amazing!

J. A. Bennett said...

I love this kind of art too! I was surprised when I heard people didn't like it either :)

Mary Gray said...

These are awesome! I would love some art like this!! Thanks for planting the idea in me!!

Margo Berendsen said...

I've just been discovering some of these book sculptures, too! I could see the purists being upset about books being destroyed, but I love the creativity.

Carolyn V said...

Wow! Those are amazing! So cool.

Krista said...

I like this kind of art. I would to gave one of these for say Lord if the Rings - then have the actual book next to it.

Ann Best said...

These certainly catch MY eye. Fascinating designs. I'd say yes, go for it. Anything that might draw someone's eye to the book. I don't think this "kind" of art is disrespectful. Everyone has his/her own personal reaction. And yes, Amazon would have us believe that most of the world reads on eReaders, but this isn't true. I'm kind of gravitating back to the print book myself, though I will keep buying for Kindle/Nook books that I really want to read and can't afford otherwise. I'm also occasionally going to the local library, esp. for some older books like Dear and Glorious Physician, the historical novel about St. Luke that was published in 1959.

Hope you're having a good day out there in the west, Michelle. I need to check and see what the weather is in my hometown (SLC).
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

Yamile said...

These are all so beautiful! I admire such creative people. And although I don't find it disrespectful AT ALL, I don't think I could ever do this kind of art... I love my dear books too much!

Loree Huebner said...

Love the "book" lady.

My daughter made me an apple out of a paper back novel. It's pretty awesome. It sits on my desk. I never thought to put it under glass...I should probably do that.

Thanks for posting.

Charlie said...

As I agree that this art is stunning, my gut also wrenches at the thought of cutting a book up or painting it or anything that destroys its integrity...even for art's sake. I guess I'm on the fence for this one - I LOVE art AND i LOVE books.

Susan Oloier said...

So stunning!

Jessica Nelson said...

Good, definitely!

Leslie Rose said...

Beyond cool. Love that first one. Wow.

Claudia Del Balso said...

Art is art. I don't think it's bad at all. I don't think it shows disrespect to the author. Disrespect would be throwing away the book. Besides, I've seen bad art and this is nowhere near. I love the mural and the first one. Thank you for sharing this.