Abigail Cahill O'Brien

Book Art

In Feathering the Nest on November 3, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Collocation No. 14 (NATURE) Right Panel by Mickey Smith at 20x200

Here’s my take on books: I like them.

I like to tear the covers off (sorry, jacket designers), arrange them by color and generally heap them on every available surface. There’s a good chance I’ll turn into one of those people who goes built-in bookshelf crazy. From any spot in the house, close your eyes, reach out your hand, and touch a book! Claustrophobic? We’ll read up on it together.

Over the past year or so, I’ve noticed book-themed artwork cropping up.  Online art gallery 20×200 carries these spine-focused photographs by Mickey Smith. This pair has rich colors, so much texture, and a tinge of sadness: the frayed journals been rendered obsolete by the digital age.

Jane Mount’s book series are a bit more upbeat, and unlike Smith’s shoot-them-as-found photos, her paintings depict deliberate groupings as a kind of biblio-portraiture.  The one below depicts a collection of children’s books.


Ideal Bookshelf 1, JMM by Jane Mount on 20x200

Speaking of all things digital, check out 20×200 if you haven’t already.  They sell limited edition photos and prints for as little as $20.

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