Bookwork: Medium to Object to Concept to Art by Garrett Stewart

By Garrett Stewart

“There they relaxation, inert, impertinent, in gallery space—those booklet varieties both imitated or mutilated, replicas of analyzing subject or its vestiges. unusual, after its lengthy and strong occupation, for the ebook to take early retirement in a museum, now not as infrequent manuscript yet as functionless sculpture. Readymade or developed, such booklet shapes are canceled as textual content while deposited as gallery items, close off from their common studying while no longer, in a few but extra drastic approach, dismembered or reassembled.” So starts off Bookwork, which follows our ardour for books to its logical severe in artists who hire came upon or simulated books as a sculptural medium. Investigating the conceptual exertions at the back of this proliferating foreign artwork perform, Garrett Stewart seems to be at enormous quantities of book-like gadgets, on my own or as a part of gallery installations, during this unique account of works that strength realization upon a book’s fabric id and cultural resonance.

Less an inquiry into the artist’s booklet than an exploration of the publication form’s modern objecthood, Stewart’s interdisciplinary procedure lines the lineage of those competitive artifacts from the 1919 Unhappy Readymade of Marcel Duchamp right down to the present obstacle of paper-based media within the electronic period. Bookwork surveys and illustrates a beautiful number of appropriated and fabricated books alike, starting from hacksawed discards to the large lead folios of Anselm Kiefer. The unreadable books Stewart engages with during this well timed learn are came upon, repeatedly, to generate photograph metaphors for the textual adventure they prevent, changing into during this feel legible after all.

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