Antiquarian Book Sculpting

Nouveau Larousse Illustre, Vol 3, Alexander Korzer-Robinson, 2012                                           32cm x 26cm x 6cm cut French Encyclopedia (1903)

If this isn’t the coolest thing I’ve ever seen, I’m not certain what is. Since we’re headed into the Early Modern Era of art – where the roots of collage lay – I thought I would share this for everyone to see.

Alexander’s methods of creating these pieces are quite unique. After finding an antique encyclopedia or heavily-illustrated book, he goes through page by page and creates a landscape of human understanding and forms a world which operates in perfect harmony.  Every little forgotten detail in these historic books suddenly has its own purpose, joining together to create a new (or perhaps old) world to make a nice accent in any book-lover’s collection. The artist also elaborates on his message and reason for creating these works:

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. – Alexander Korzer-Robinson

I think this is a great artist to keep up with, especially if modern art is your cup of tea. There’s plenty more to see on Alexander’s website, with new pieces coming out nearly monthly.

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