On its most basic level, book art is a long-standing medium (think of the artfully bound scrapbook, for example). But the works in Rebound push the book beyond the limits as we know it, transforming them into something new. Essentially, this kind of art is giving books a second life.
When the Halsey's Karen Ann Myers first started putting together the show, she wanted to focus more on actual interventions with books. That generated a list of nearly 200 artists, all of whom were taking book art and turning it into something more. In the end, she wanted artists who used the book in a sculptural way, and she eventually settled on the five who are featured in Rebound. Using tools like scalpels, pliers, and tweezers, these artists are picking apart the pages of books layer by layer, exposing their architecture for a greater purpose. “They’re all making a statement about our information age and the digital media’s impact on that, and I would say that they’re all interested in remixing preexisting works to create something new, transformed, and a sculptural work,” Myers says.
Part of Spoleto Festival USA.