Bookmarking Book Art – Helen Douglas, Podcast by Bookbinding Now

On the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of Weproductions, Brandon Graham interviewed by Helen Douglas in 2011.  The podcast provided by Bookbinding Now is available here and is a companion piece to Journal of Artist Books, No. 30.

Douglas’s comments on the concertina or leporello form reveal the impact of Proust and Chinese scrolls on her use of it, which is particularly evident in the two-sided concertina In Mexico: in the Garden of Edward James, discussed here.

Helen Douglas, In Mexico: in the garden of Edward James, 2014 (reviewed in Der Tagesspeigel)
Helen Douglas, In Mexico: in the garden of Edward James, 2014 (reviewed in Der Tagesspeigel)

Bookmarking Book Art – Buzz Spector

Here is an hour-long talk by Spector  sponsored by the New York Center for Book Art.

At 6 minutes in, there is a wonderful riff on the book as elemental cultural artifact, being able to stand for each of the four elements. Here are links to the images to which Spector refers – so much more enjoyable to see as well as hear!

Fire

Claudio Parmiggiani, Smoke and Soot on Wood, 2008
Claudio Parmiggiani, Smoke and Soot on Wood, 2008

Credit: http://bortolamigallery.com/artist/claudio-parmiggiani/works/

Earth

Xu Bing, Book from the Sky, 1991
Xu Bing, Book from the Sky, 1991

Credit: https://teachartwiki.wikispaces.com/Book+from+the+Sky–Xu+Bing http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Ou

Air

Doug Beube, Twister, 2002
Doug Beube, Twister, 2002

Credit: http://dougbeube.com/artwork/2154724_Disaster_series_Twister.html

Water –

Hanne Darboven, 100 Books, 1970
Hanne Darboven, 100 Books, 1970

Credit: http://images.artnet.com/images_us/magazine/reviews/robinson/robinson7-22-09-3.jpg