A Modest Observation
We all see examples and expressions of "book art" wherever we go. And I'm generally a pretty enthusiastic supporter of these artistic and creative endeavors. I remember a few years ago, when I visited the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, I saw this incredibly crafted "antique" Encyclopedia, from the 1920s, which a clever paper artist had taken a scalpel to, and turned it into this miraculous Borges-style menagerie. It was a veritable paper-zoo of cut outs from the Encyclopedia's animalistic entries! Indeed, quite amazing. I don't recall who the artist was, and I now wish I'd written down both the name of the artist and the name of the artist's work. Perhaps one day I'll find this person. In the mean time, I share with you this curious image I took last year, sometime around (and near) the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. I saw this artist, who'd taken the covers of books, and turned them into a masterful palette of...well, yes, almost another menagerie! Take a look for yourself. Here too, I did not get the name of this artist. I guess I've learned my lesson. From now on, I ought to document more than just the image, and really pursue...metadata!