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

By Garrett Stewart

“There they leisure, inert, impertinent, in gallery space—those ebook varieties both imitated or mutilated, replicas of studying subject or its vestiges. unusual, after its lengthy and strong occupation, for the booklet to take early retirement in a museum, no longer as infrequent manuscript yet as functionless sculpture. Readymade or developed, such e-book shapes are canceled as textual content while deposited as gallery items, close off from their common studying while now not, 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 stumbled on or simulated books as a sculptural medium. Investigating the conceptual hard work in the back of this proliferating foreign paintings perform, Garrett Stewart seems to be at hundreds and hundreds of book-like gadgets, by myself or as a part of gallery installations, during this unique account of works that strength realization upon a book’s fabric identification and cultural resonance.

Less an inquiry into the artist’s e-book than an exploration of the booklet form’s modern objecthood, Stewart’s interdisciplinary method lines the lineage of those competitive artifacts from the 1919 Unhappy Readymade of Marcel Duchamp all the way down to the present challenge of paper-based media within the electronic period. Bookwork surveys and illustrates a gorgeous number of appropriated and fabricated books alike, starting from hacksawed discards to the enormous lead folios of Anselm Kiefer. The unreadable books Stewart engages with during this well timed learn are discovered, repeatedly, to generate photo metaphors for the textual adventure they avoid, turning into during this feel legible after all.

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