Let’s! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so today let’s talk about the apparent beauty behind book art. A while ago I read this article about how there’s some controversy surrounding this art form. People can see it as a travesty to cut up a book to the point where it can never be read again.
Personally, when it comes to book art I don’t really feel that strongly about it one way or the other. Will I ever purchase it for my own home? Meh, I’ve got more of an Asian theme going on. Anywho, even though I have a take it or leave it mentality when it comes to book art, I can’t say I really understand the argument against it.
Yeah, you’re rendering a book unreadable, but at least it’s still being appreciated. Can’t it sort of be seen as a form of recycling? Also, it’s not like the thing is made out of panda flesh. If someone really wants to read the book that was just turned into a wall flower, they can simply go out and by another copy. It’s not like these artists are killing a living thing that can’t reproduce any more because it was transformed into a bird house.
Well that was my rant for the day. What do you all think? Do you own any book art, or do you see it as an affront to literature? Or are you like me in that you don’t really care either way? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section!