Can you bottle a love poem? Well, technically — yes. That’s what artist Ros Rixon has done in her Love Lines series, in which delicate cutouts of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43 are captured in bottles and boxes for art and ease of gifting. Rixon’s work, spotted via Book Patrol, also encompasses other forms of book sculpture, taking different texts and forms as inspiration. Check out some of Rixon’s great sculptures after the jump, and then be sure to head on over to her website for more.
In Matej Košir’s series Arthistory, which we spotted over at Book Patrol, the Berlin-based photographer is burning books in order to investigate “our contradictory relationship to the violence, namely the use of violence in order to control it (either to stop it or to prevent its reappearing).” His violent act against art reflects the historical concept that the “winner of the violent conflict always has justified reasons to be violent, because he uses his dominance to (re)write the history. Art is, more often than not, instrumentalised, depicting winners as idealised heroes while the loser’s depictions are exposed to iconoclasm.” Click through to check out violence in action, and then be sure to head on over to Košir’s website to see more of his work. … Read More
This morning, we fell hard for Hollie Chastain when we spotted her work over at Beautiful/Decay. The Chattanooga, Tennessee-based artist turns scraps of found paper and bits of books into beautiful, often nostalgic collages, evoking literary childhoods, school days, and big dreams. After the jump, we’ve collected a few of our favorites from Chastain’s portfolio. Click through to check them out, and then be sure to head on over to Chastian’s website to keep dreaming. … Read More
Now here’s a novel idea: a book that doubles as a flashlight for late-night reading. Granted, these glowing books, created by South Korean artist Airan Kang as part of her Digital Book Project, are probably less than truly legible, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t love to have them lighting up our bedrooms. The books are “electronically luminescent sculptures cast from transparent synthetic resin,” each sculpture meant to remove “the association with the object as an actual book, asking the viewer to contemplate the subject matter conveyed by the book’s title.” Kang’s work, which we first spotted over at Book Patrol, is currently on view at NYC’s Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery. … Read More
Ever wish you could live inside a book? Well, you can’t quite live in Dutch artist Frank Halmans’s stacked vintage book houses, but you can tell he’s had the same idea. The works in Halmans’s series Built of Books, which we recently spotted over at My Modern Met, are adorable odes to the worlds created by literature — complete with windows and doors to see through. Take a vacation in some tiny book homes after the jump, and then be sure to head on over to Halmans’s website to check out more of his work. … Read More
This week, our mouths (and minds!) watered looking at a few delightful book cakes over at Shelf Life. Hungry as we are, we couldn’t resist scouring the Internet for more, from highbrow tomes to children’s books to full-scale collections in vanilla frosting. After the jump, check out 30 delicious looking literary cakes — and let us know which one you’d most like to bake (or eat) in the comments. … Read More
If you’re a frequent visitor to this space, you’ll know how much we appreciate great book art — but not all art made from books feels as cerebral and boundless as its subject. Enter British illustrator Russell Cobb, whose work we recently spotted over at Lost at E Minor – Cobb’s illustrations are like dreams, stories seeping upwards from their literary canvases, often engaged with investigating the connection between mind and body. Plus, they’re gorgeous — if you like a little weird augmenting your pretty, that is. After the jump, page through a few of our favorites from Cobb’s series, and then be sure to head on over to his website to check out more of his work. … Read More
As you probably know, we’re pretty big fans of literary street art here at Flavorpill. But when we caught a glimpse of this beautiful bookish fresco over at the Picador Book Room, we realized we’d been missing a whole category — street art honoring authors and characters is all very good, but how about the books themselves? After the jump, we’ve put together a roundup of fantastic book murals on buildings from Russia to Sardinia (and yes, quite a few from the US). Click through for some whirlwind literary travel! … Read More
We’re big fans of magazine art here at Flavorpill, and we also happen to be big fans of Artforum, so it’s a no brainer that we’d be interested in Francesca Pastine’s Artforum Excavation Series, in which she engages with the magazine on its own terms — artistically, of course. “I recontextualize content and subvert it in order to insert myself into larger global narratives,” Pastine writes. “My manipulations map out a tangle of associations, unique contradictions and paradoxes through curious juxtapositions. I consider my interaction with Artforum magazine as a meditation on materiality which results in a palpable complexity between form and information.” After the jump, check out a few of our favorites from Pastine’s series, and then head here to check out more of her work. … Read More
We’ve been big fans of Brooklyn-based artist Kent Rogowsky’s cheeky, whimsical work for a while now — but he’s not all teddy bears and puzzles. In Rogowsky’s latest project, Everything I Wish I Could Be, which we spotted over at Booooooom, he takes large format photographs of hundreds of self-help books, each arranged around a central theme, in order to examine the way we look at improving ourselves — and maybe, just a little, to poke fun at the same.
Rogowsky describes the project as “an exploration of language, emotions and the desire to change and improve one’s self.” He writes, “I am interested in the larger questions of how we communicate and deal with moments of pain and change and the commonalities of those experiences, as well as, the patterns and contradictions that are often inherent in language, advice and differing philosophies.” After the jump, check out some of our favorites from the series, and then be sure to head on over to Rogowsky’s website for even more of his work. … Read More