Alexander Korzer-Robinson‘s book sculpture collages are a clever way of de-constructing the very notion of what a book is and recreating it as a visual object with it’s own interior world and narrative.
To make these new works he collects antiquarian books – that are full of illustrations, charts, maps, graphs and other visual material – and cuts out the text leaving only the images to speak of their own world. He explains it thus:
Through my work in the tradition of collage I am pursuing a very personal obsession of creating narrative scenarios in small format. By using antiquarian books, it makes the work simultaneously an exploration and a deconstruction of nostalgia.
We create our own past from fragments of reality in a process that combines the willful aspects of remembering and forgetting with the coincidental and unconscious. On a general level, I aim to illustrate this process that forms our inner landscape.
By using pre-existing media as a starting point, certain boundaries are set by the material, which I aim to transform through my process. Thus, an encyclopedia can become a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience. These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose. They are no longer tools to learn about the world, but rather a means to gain insight about oneself.
You can see his work at the Affordable Art Fair from the 1st – 4th November, 2012 at the Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Road, Hampstead, London
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